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BY H. R. HOLSINGER. 

VOLUME II. 



" Whosoever loveth rae keepeth my commandments. ' — Jksub. 



TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, JAN. 2. 1866. 



At 81.50 Per Annum. 

Number 1. 



Selected for Ml ■■■"»• 

Ami our new Ifymti Iiook\ 

The Atouosncnt. 

Saw vc my Savior f — Saw ye my Savior? 
6 ,«■ | . my Savior and God. 
(i • he di '■ on Calvary 

To atom- for you and me, 
And to purchase our pardon with blood. 

H'' was extended !— He «sj rxtended! 
Painfully nailed to tie- croei ; 
g er e hi howed hie head and died] 
Tims my Lord was crucified, 

To atone for a won I thru was lost. 

Jesus bring bleeding !— Jfsuh hung bleeding 

Three dreadful hours in pain ; 

And the *olid rocks Mir. . 

Through creation's vast extent, 
When the Jews crucified the God-m.-vn. 

Darkness prevailed ! — Darkness prevailed ! 
Darkness prevailed o'er the land ', 

And the sun refused to shine 
When his majesty divine 
Was ill ride,:. InBlllted, and slain. 

When it was finished ; — When it was finished 

And the atonement was m 

lie was taken by the great, 

And embalmed with splc 
And v. as in a HOW sepulchre laid. 

Hail mighty Baviorl— Hall mighty Savior ! 
Prince and the author of peace. 
! he burst the bars of death, 
And triumphant from the earth, 

He aseended to mansions of bliss. 

There Interceding ; — There Interceding; 

Pleading thai sinners may live; 
[ng, "Fal hi t I ha •>■ died, 

o. behold m\ hands and 
O, forgive them, I praj thee forgive." 

"I will for^'iM- il :1 forgive them, 

When they rep'-nt and believe : 

Let them now return to i I 

And be reconciled to me 
And salvation they nil shall receive. 

Tin- Bridegroom Our relation to 
Him In Joy and in sorrow. 

A !. BR. 



A wedding ! A word associated 
in tin- minds of tip' many with 
BoaUtT and last, but in reality of a 
meaning bo \ to include the 

nature of < rod an I the inter* 
Eternitj . The most blissful condi- 
tion of our earthly state, and the 
most thrilling type or emblem of the 

fy everlasting espousals ofChriBt and 
his phurch, are embodied in 
dissyllable, rightlj undent I. 



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I was happy to learn that the oc- 
casion, of which you gave rae so 
graphic a description, passed over 
with so little gayety. While I am 
ready to admit that cheerfulness is 
in perfect keeping with the nuptial 
element, I feel a strong repugnance 
to any and every thing that savors 
of jocularity or levity. If Christ lie 
sincerely invited, as at the marriage 
in < ana of Galilee," and those who 
invite Hhn demean themseh 
greeably BJ0 the character of the Di- 
vine < inest, it is not probable that 
much of the hilarity that character- 
izes ton many of snch conventions, 
will manifest itself. Such, however, 
is the evil tendency heart, and 

such the weakness and vacillation of 
the regenerate life, thai it requires 
great vigilance when wrought upon 
by the spirit of festivity that rules 
such occasions, . lest we forget our 
Divine Paternity, and our high and 
holy relationship to our Bridegroom 
in the Heavens. what watchful- 
ness is requisite to keep til*' sense of 
our allegiance to and oneness with 
Christ from being obliterated when 
surrounded hy scenes and circum- 
stances that strongly appeal to the 
carnal element in our nature. A 
humorous or witty remark, a grimace 
ture, may, in a moment, divert 

the mind from the invisible Pres- 
ence of Him to whom we are bound 
by the mosl solemn avowal of 

. , and whose affection is incom- 
parably more sensitive and tender 
than that of any earthly bridegroom. 
While reading that portion of your 
letter having reference to the hyme- 
neal occasion, 1 frequently thought 
of the words of ' 'hrist, roeorded in 
Mark 2: 19, where the two crown- 
attributes of Christianity are 

ht to \ ie\\ . and the t\\M 

elements of liberty and discipline 

growing out of them, enforced. The 

christian life is not all feasting, neith- 
er is it till faatiug not all Joy nor 

all sorrow hut such n blouding of 



the two as to develop a character 
meet for the presence and enjoyment 
of God. Christ's doctrines are nw- 
er one-sided. He never took, and 
does not now take, a h ilf-vieno of 
any subject, person, or event, nor 
utter any half-truth concerning it. 
The fact of the Bride-groom's pres- 
ence, and the con- t8 of that 
fact, are two different things, al- 
though they are generally simulta- 
. Our natural life is all tiic 
same, as to its essence, whethei we 
or sleep, notwithstanding we 
have the consciousness of life in on- 
ly one of these condition-. As long 
as the Savior favored His disciples 
with His Personal Presence, they be- 
came familiar with but one side of 
the christian element ; hut when the 
Personal Christ was removed they 
were placed in such relations to Hint 
and to the world as is signified by 
the term "fast," or "fastiu ;. 
verily believe that the words of the 
Redeemer, in their most comprehen- 
sive import, involve literal fasting at 
certain times, but this grows normal- 
ly out of a de it in the inner 
being. It is oftentimes very neoes- 
Bary to abstain from food in order to 

lute Control ov. 
sinful flesh, but thismustbe at a time 
when it will be most conducive to 
this end. If youi tad wept 

ami moaned in her husband's 
ence during the mar: ist,as 

did the wife of Samson, it would 
have ■ eemed to all of you an 

■on of such a • n a* it is 

reasonable to expect the pi 
the bridegroom would beget. She 
was doubtless happy, most 

fitting, and could not have fa-ted in 

any sm-e ind the tine idea 

of the word. But if he «i 

taken from her \,\ death, Wfl would 
look for mi outward b< m her 

I art. as different from th I 

her nuptials, as a fu 
neral i- different from a woddine. 
: their is in the Christian I 



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j -v. in which i 
as t'v a kind i 



<t an element of Liber- 
the interior life moves 
piritual gravitation 
and w< ilv conscious of 

an oyer-powering Spiritual Presence 
that it seemingly requires no effort 
keep ap the blissful rotercommun- 
d between Christ and our souls. 
We are at such times in the festive 
and our entire outward life in- 
dicates that the bri a is with 
us, bo as to forbid any expression of 
th.it side of Christian experience 
aprehended in the words of Jesus, 
'•thm .shall the; fast in those 'lays." 
Butwe need discipline as well as lib- 
erty. There are moments when it 
seems to us, and perhaps to others, 
that our whole being is so taken up 
into our Divine Head as to be mov- 
ed by a will and an impulse not only 
above but apart from our own. Then 
again we are made so sensible of our 
corruption and alienation from God, 
that we must labor, and toil, and 
struggle, as though we were restric- 
ted, in the working out of our salva- 
tion, to the energy of our inherent 
powers. Then we fast in the deep- 
est sense, and then is the time to 
fast by abstinence from food, and 
bring the body into subjection thro' 
the power of self-originated, self-di- 
rected energy. We not (infrequent- 
ly have moments* perhaps days and 
weeks, in which we are so absorbed 
in the joys and activities of the new 
life, that even great provocations are 
scarcely noticed. This is a truly 
I state of heart and mind, but 
it docs not subdue our inbred cor- 
ruptions. It is that phase of Chris- 
tian experience which Paul denom- 
inates -liberty in Christ Jesi 
Anon this mums of the Bride 
>nce leaves us, and the 
whole contest seems to hang on the 
effort of the will. I often tee! that 
I must strive with all my might to 
exhibit the characteristics oJ .1 true 
follower of Christ, and it is very nat- 
ural that our outward deportment 
at such tim - assume an aspect in 
harmony with our inward feelin 
condition. When the Bridegroom's 
ms withdrawn, and we 
■ ofspiritual 
"}j ! are under that disciplinary 
training included in the Savior's ap 

c 



plication of the term "fasting," and 
it is then that we must I • esj ecially 

watchful over every avenue through 
which Satan may enter, or sin 
an outlet. Then we must fas 
must be under discipline, "keeping 
our heart with all dilligcnce," wait- 
ing patiently for the returning con- 
BCiousness of the Divine Presence, 
girding up in ourselves, by self-com- 
pelling energy, every power 1 
souls against the aggressions of our 
fallen nature. When the ga 
the spirit is stretching, as it were, 
every librc of our being 

ail heavenward by in- 
spiration, and we can work, and 
think, and talk and pray, without 
any apparent efforC. To love our 
enemies and do good to them that 
hate and persecute us, is then no 
task. But when this sweet holy im- 
pulse has been stifled or lo 
must put ourselves down upon duty 
by the will. When he Divine move- 
ment is sensibly upon u.s, and we are 
in the Divine movement, we have 
our festal day with the Bridegroom, 
and when the better Presence fades 
or vanishes, we must set ourselves to 
, ways of self-compulsion, to rigorous 
self discipline, u close, searching, 
impartial revision of the life, mov- 
ing, as it were from our own human 
centre. When the Son of God took 
upon Himself the arduous work of 
human redemption, He had to ■ 
a condition in which lie could honor 
the laws of divinity and hum. 
A divine — human constitution was 
essentia! to the accomplishmen 
bia gracious purpose. It u very im- 
portant that this be born in mind, a- 
it not only explains the text upon 
which 1 have based my remarks, but 
is the key that unlocks the myste- 
•f the Gospel. He had to nego- 
tiate between a holy God, and 1 

man, and it was 1 . that 

-tain a vital relation to both in 
order fully to sympathize with both. 
lie was essentially God, and thought 
and felt as I lod. I le had also to 
me man, and Buffei 1, ag- 

onize, pray, hunger, fast, be tempt- 
ed of the Devil, and forsaken < f God 



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lox earthly life in HI- a I # «y (( 

ne. If 
When Christ "rejoiced in 
He actualized that condition which 
bo the prea the Bride- 

groom with us. In Gcthsmane and 
on Calvary He e: 
that state of . soul which coi 
with the absi Brid 

He did not drink only a part of the 
cup, but lie drained it to th • • ; 
Notwithstanding the incorpor 

angely diverse natures 
in one person, and the pain and in- 
convenience resulting from such un- 
i is wort!. cial attention 

that Christ was as ready the 
of the Father's love when the awful 
horrors of desertion were upon Him, 
and when lie had the blissful con- 
sciousness of His Father's presence. 

■ had two sides to his nature, 
B0 He had two sides to His experi- 
ence. Tt is His life in us that pro- 
duces the like phenomena. It is 
this that blends feasting and fasting. 
joy and sorrow. As we have with- 
in us the elements of holiness and 
sin, we must necessarily feel the in- 
fluence of both. When the one has 

iendency in our consciousness, 
it is a season ofspiritual joy and ex- 
ultation ; when the other prevails it 
is a period of depression and fasting. 
"The Lord knoweth them that are 
His," even when in the sense of their 
subjection to evil they scarcely know- 
it themselves. 

il. BALSBAUGH. 
tit, Pa. 

impanion. 
Kducatiou. 

We have a! wc 

arc all endowed with, a physical, a 
mental and a moral nature, and that 
we were enabl -d to answer the ob- 
ject of our creation in the exact pro- 
portion as these three powers were 
] roperly developed. We shall now 
try to show the u of their de- 

pment and the evils resulting 
from their n\ 

As this articl ended more 

particularly for the brethren, th • 
tion may arise with some, "Wl 



in order to be a oompassional I . »uld we lay BO much stress upon I 

rather, a faithful High P . physical culture, since most of our 



p and forever bear the sense of His Bona and daughters are 



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point of view. To the carnally mind- [A 
ed this may appear to be an iinpos- ' ' 



appear to be an impo 
sibility, and consequently a great 
mystery ; but every true christian can 
bear testimony that he experienced 
it to be a real truth. In order to 
celebrate this day in the right spirit, 
we must feast upon the word of God, 
by eating the bread of life, and if we 
choose, drink of that living water 
which he so freely offered in the days 
of his humiliation. By such a soul 
reviving feast we cannot fail to hon- 
or and revere his most holy name, 
not only in this transitory life, but 
in all time to come. No one need 
fear of eating to excess or of becom- 
ing inebriated by pursuing such a 
course in celebrating Christ's nativi- 
ty, but the more we eat or partake 
of this heavenly bread the greater 
will be our joy and strength, and the 
more we drink of this living water 
the greater will be our happiness. — 
But don't understand me to say that 
our spiritual appetite cannot be sat- 
isfied. Christ calls those blessed who 
hunger and thirst after righteous- 
ness and then adds for they shall be 
filled. — Then kind reader if we de- 
sire fully to celedrate Christmas-day 
in honor of King Emanuel let us 
make the circumstances of his nativ- 
ity and the incidents connected there- 
with the subject of our conversation 
on this noted day. All worldly em- 
ployments should b led for 
this time and the people iu general 
should repair to their several pla 
of worship. The minister should 
not fail on this oooasion to select the 
Subject of Christ's nativity as the ve- 
ry Foundation of his ' Ice- 
wise our private read ild this 
day be dureoted in the same chan- 
nel. 1' certainly eele- 

mae-dav in an aooei 

hie manner. We delight 

bout great men, who were distinguii 

and n 
who 

. 

of 

their juvenile das s where glimpses 
of their after ton be 

i \\ w much more should 

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souii branch of manual labor, which 
t i be physical exercise e- 
n »u _ Aery true, the brethren 

svith a few other denominations, de- 
'siring to be engaged in those employ- 
ment- offering the least inducements 
t i dishonesty, have chosen those pur- 
suits requiring manual labor, but 
there is not a single occupation with 
which we are acquainted, that will 
call into exercise more than three 
hundred muscles, while the whole 
number in the human body exceeds 
five hundred. All, who. are acquain- 
I with the functions of the several 
organs in the human body, are aware 
that the circulation of blood depends 
partly upon exer . and, if one 
part oft!) ■ body is unduly exercised, 
there will be an unequal distribution 
of blood and a consequent undue de- 
velopment of one part of the body 
and a contraction or a distortion of 
another. This may be seen in the 
distorted spine of young females con- 
stantly enga ■wing or in I 
Stooped Bhoulders and contracted 
chest of the close student. Nature 
punishes when any of her laws are 
violated, hence we see that so m 
are afflicted with all manner of dis- 
e who from necessity or ignorance 
are neglecting to exercise all • 
muscles of the body. 

Th ' ■ _ !tive,the easie.-t and 

cheapest physical exercise is that 

i by means of dumb-bells. 

Their uso is 1 and thi 

so trifling that th be employe I 

, while th ' such 

and el youthful 

irs with ' 

inder the ption, 

:■ b >di ■ 
in itillo 1 ho ilth an 1 i 

wh >le Eram •. .\ unple 

"' l ' n our 

: » u- 

a id if w ■ fail t . i no by 

th • in io is ho rrible 

ar ■ hi i punish 

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For the Companion. 
Christmas-day.— Essay Xo. 8. 

By the term Christmas we under- 
Stand the Festival of Christ's nativi- 
which comes on the twenty-fifth 
of December and is the day on which 
our Savior was born. It is regarded 
by all true christians as a very im- 
portant day, for the very reason that 
it gave birth to the most distinguish- 
ed personage that ever made his ap- 
pearance in this lower world. The : 
incidents connected with the birth of 
Christ may, in my humble opinion 
be considered the greatest event- 
that have ever been recorded upon 
the pages of history. We have rea- 
son to believe that it was the occa- 
sion of more joy and exultation, to 
God's peculiar people, when this 
great event was announced, than 
any thing else that ever transpired 
since the creation of man. In short 
it was God manifested in the flesh. 
Dear reader, whoever you may 
' be, let me remind you that we are 
i on the eve of celebrating an- 
other Christmas-day, and thus pre- 
pare and qualify ourselves for that 
grand occasion, when we can f< 
feast upon what ': the good things of 
this life? such as rich cakes condi- 
ments, confectioneries, and the like, 
in the line of eatables, and all the 
palatable drinks in our day, and in 
pience of such revelry become 
guilty ofgluttony, drunkenness and 
all in attending evils ! What I oall 
this celebrating I Ihrist's birth day ! 
- This honoring him who spake as 
n >ver man spake!- This revering 

the memory of him who cam.- t 

■ •' that which was lost ! I >h 
what folly ! what sin ! Hut such is 

indency of po ir sinful ma 
th • fruits of a carnal mind and sin- 
ful heart. I would here vent . 
make the assertion that more sin is 
committed on Christmas-day, than 

other da rose iuen • 

•inful nts, gluttony, dj 

enn >as and th • like. 

of the question," 

njoy ouraolved on this 

her, ai. 

meet the appro' . 
of him who siti at G 

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whom we have every thins so deffi- 
niteh recorded in the book of inspi- 
ration from hi< birth te bis ascension 



were sore afraid l>ut Boon took cour- 
age from the words of the angel 
" l'ir ii'>t for behold I brine you 



intoheaven- : ad advent and good tidings of great joy which shall 



millcnial reign on the earth nof 

■ I. Even many hundreds of 
- previous to his incarnation the 
holy Prophets of old foretold his com- 
ing into the world. To our mother 
i was granted the gracious prom- 
. namely, that tile Beed of the 
woman should bruise the serpent's 

head. This was the first intimation 
of his coming, and the very basis of 
our holy religion. Many prophe- 

were uttered afterwards concern- 
ing his conception, birth, and com- 
ing into the world. Hear what Isa- 
iah said of this divine character, 
"For unto us a child is born, unto us 
in is given, and his name shall be 
called Wonderful. Counselor, the 
Mighty God, the Everlasting Fath- 
er, the Prince of Peace. At last 
when the appointed time came the 
Savior of the world was born in Beth- 
leham of Judea as was foretold by 
the prophets. The circumstances 
that brought his parents here at this 
critical time.I deem it unnescessa- 
r. to relate as every reader of the 
Bible is familiar with the beautiful 
ry. Put bear in mind the Son 
of the highest was born in a stable, 
and cradled in a manger. 

I low condescending and humble 
like did he make his appearance 
among the sons ofm3n. No won- 
der the Jews rejected him on account 
be. 'lie came unto 
his own and his own received him 
not. But as many as received him, 
to them gave he power to become the 
son- ofu •! '".i'!i to them that believ- 
e I on his name." Instead of the 
meek ami lowly Jesus who came to 
establish a spiritual kingdom and 
rule the hearts of men thej b >pe 1 to 

i'i him an earthly poteUtal ! who 

up a t tumoral kingdom 

and likewise restore Israel to it- for- 

>v, ■]• ami glory. In this their 

expectation they were far mistaken. 

hence their illwill and hatred of the 

.• announcement of his birth. 

!.\n angel was first sent to proclaim 
tli- g 1 news to humble shepherds 
i'i the field who were watching their 
flocks by night. It appears they 



be to all people. For unto you is 
bom this day in the city of David a 
Savior which is Christ the Lord."— 
llr is now born who was once rich 
in heaven and could have remained 
in the glorious mansions of bliss in 
all time to come, but for the sake of 
poor sinful man he came into this 
benighted world took upon himself 
and blood like other men, and 
became poor that we through his 
poverty might become rich. Ib- 
came not to seek glory and honor 
from the things of this life but alone 
to do good to the souls of 
men and lay a scheme of salvation 
wherein we can again be restored to 
the favor of our God. This favor 
we had lost through the curse of a 
broken law, and nothing was ans- 
werable to bring us to that original 
state hut alone the offering of the 
unspotted lamb of God. 

There are many incidents connected 
with the birth of Christ which I am 
not able to inentjon in this small es- 
say. I have only mentioned a few 
but I hope the kind reader will not 
neglect to become familiar with these 
things and search the Bible not only 
upon this subject but on every thing 
that pertains to the well being of his 
future happiness. We frequently 
take great interest in presents and 
gifts bestowed to us by friends and 
feel it our tjuty to tender unto them 
all the gratitude our hearts can give. 
How much more thankful should we 
be unto God for thai perfect gift we 
has c in the Son of God. The first 
christmas gift we have an account of. 
In conclusion I would only say let 
as celebrate the coming Christmas 
alone in memory of King Emanuel's 
birth. By so doing we can have a 
happy Christmas da v. 

W. G. SCI&OCK. 
in. I'ii. 

For the Companion. 

Fasting. 

This Buhject has engaged our at- 
tention for Bometime, and we looked 
for an explanation from some of the 
elder brethren as correspondents. 



but have so far been disappointed. 
- shmdd speak, and multitude 
of years should teach wisdom," but 
there is a spirit in man, whether 
young or old, which induces us to 
search the Scriptures of divine truth. 
If that spirit is actuated by a proper 
motive, the inspiration of the Al- 
mighty giveth understanding. One 
of the comforters of Job observed 
truthfully, that "great men are not 
always wise, neither do, the aged" al- 
ways •'understand judgment." There- 
fore, as God through his holy spirit 
grants the ability, we venture upon 
u subjecj seldom written or spoken 
upon. The term ''fasting" signifies 
to abstain from food. This must be 
done voluntarily ; not because sick- 
ness has deprived us from en- 
joying the pleasures of our natu- 
ral appetites, but to 3ubdue our car- 
nal inclinations in order to prepare 
OUT minds and bodies for a most sol- 
emn intercourse with (rod in peniten- 
tial mourning for our sins, and a sup- 
ination for mercies ; or, whatever 
duties may devolve upon us to per- 
form within the limits of the sphere 
of a christian life a3 brethren and 
sisters of the common brotherhood. 
There are no particular stated times 
set apart for the observance of this 
command. Every follower of Christ 
wjll know best the proper time to 
thus humble himself before the Al- 
mighty. He only knows when he is 
surrounded withgloomy ami ominous 
clouds of temptations, and when he 
is in part overcome with such temp- 
tations to require penitency before 
God : or, he only knows when he is 
called upon to perform a certain 
christian duty to require especial 
wisdom from on high. The Savior, 
when delivering his first and great 
sermon upon the Mount, cautioned 
his disciples not to be as the hypo- 
crites are. of a sad countenance, dis- 
figuring their faces : but to anoint 
their head- and wash their faces, 
not appearing unto men to fast, but 
unto their Pather who secth in se- 
cret, and who will reward openly. 
So we learn there is danger in fast- 
ing as well as in praying ami giving 
alms, when done to be seen of men 
and appear self-righteous in their 
sight. This caution should not serve , 



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a pretext for setting aside this com- 
mand, for we might as well set aside 
prayer and giving alms upon the 
same grounds. Some may doubt 
whether it is a direct command. 
We find it ohserved on certain occa- 
sions, and necessary to accomplish 
certain important objects, which 
serves to present it to the christian 
mind as an indirect command. 
Hence, it becomes obligatory upon 
the disciple of Christ to observe fas- 
tinir. Christ, who saith "I am the 
way and the life, and no man Com- 
eth to the Father but by me," fasted 
forty dayS and forty nights. He 
was without guile, spot, or blemish ; 
yet it appears to have been necessary 
for 1 1 j in to last, in order to resist Sa- 
tan with his many devices and bri- 
beries. Upon a certain occasion, 
the disciples of John the Baptist 
came to Jesus and asked him,— -why 
they and the Pharisees fast oft n. 
but his disciples not ? The answer 
was, "can the children of the bride- 
chamber mourn as long as the bride- 
groom is with them ? Put the davs 
will come, when the bridegroom shall 
be taken from them, and thru shall 
they fast." This reply of the Savior, 
in our estimation, serves a direct 
command to us, because the bride- 
groom is taken from us; though, 
with an expectant eye we look for 
bifl promised reappearance. I pon 
another occasion, the disciples came 
to Jesus and asked why they could 
not east the devil out of the lunatic '.' 
Jesus answered, "Because of your 

unbelief." Elowbeit this kind 

goeth not out but bj prayer and fast- 
ing. "If it required fasting then, 
why not observe it now, when we are 
taught to give ourselves over into 
the bands of a merciful < rod as in- 
struments to glorify bis holy and 
righteous name '.' Especially, when 
et consider that "In him we live, 
move, and have our being;" and 



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Corinth to approve themselves in all more respect for the cust 
things as the ministers of God in fas- fashions of the world than 



Through the virtue of fasting, the of the Lord; but will leave it 

disciples rccieved instructions from them to reconcile such practice with 

the Holy Ghost to separate Barna- the word of God and their own eon- s * 

has and Saul for a certain work sciences, as best they can. But I 

whereunto they were called. Ami, think it is very inconsistent and un- 

again, by fasting and prayer the dis- becoming for brethren and all such 

ciples laid their hands on them, and as believe with us that it i- essential 

and sent them away. Afterwards, and our duty to obey all the com- 

l'aul vindicated himself by fastings, mandments of the Lord to act thus. 

and also instructed the brethren at I would appeal to such : have you 

toms and 
an for the 

tings, According to the Jewish c- Lord's commandments? or, do you 

conomy, or law, fastings were to be not pray on such occasions '/and why 

observed upon stated times; but ac- not '.' or, will you sav ; this is a small 

cording to the christian law, they matter? If it was a matter of suffi- 

are altogether occasional, whenever cient importance for the Holy I 

the dispensations of Providence call to cause' it to be inscribed into the 

for it. It is very essential to fast sacred volume, it is of sufficient im- 

beforc taking a perilous journey ; portance for iu Recollect 

or, before ordaining deacons and the Savior says : "he that loveth me 

ministers ; or, before consulting im- keepeth my commandments." Put 

portant cases in the brotherhood, perhaps, some one will say : this is 

It seems to us of the utmost impor- not a commandment of the Lord it 

tance that all those who assemble at in only written by Paul. But 1 



lear 



think 



annual councils to pass decisions, what Paul says in the 
should fast before entering upon their Chap. 14: 37 88 "If 

duties. It is something that should 
not be entered upon lightly ; but rev- 
erently, and in the fear of G 
Upon such occasions we need the es- 
pecial blessings and favors of our 
heavenly Father, and our thoughts 
should be soaring upon high in med- 
itation to Him, who is able to niaku 
US wise in the discharge of our du- 
ties. 

s. B. FURRY. 

New Enterprise, I'a. 

the Contrary notwithstanding. Lot 

be Consistent and have more re- 



Epistle, 

any man 

himself to be a prophet, or 

spiritual, let him acknowledge that 

the things that 1 write unto you are 

commandments of the Loi 
But if any man be ignorant, let him 

be ignorant." 

Now. brethren, it looks verv igno- 
rant for one who professes to be a 
follower and obedient disciple of Jo- 
bus, to sit. during divine sen 
with his hat on. the Apostle Paul to 



For ihr i 'oauHtnioH 
On the t'neov 

Every man praying or j 
ing, having his head co^ ered, dishon- 
ored) his head." I Cor. 11:1. 

It has fre ptently occurred to me 
on funeral occasions, when noticing 
that the male friends of thodec< 
do not uncover their heads during 



cri„ K «m., n,.,.d. T* h-'^od sword, than for the 

pravins or prophesy- SSTn ^ ^ ?"* 

true follower oi Christ should de- 

DANIEL SNOWBERGER, 

A ■ ■ I 



the service, that they transgress a 
that without him wc can do nothing '.' commandment of the Lord. Seethe 
By fasting, Cornelius reoeivod the words of the text, and also verse 7 
approbation from the angel in bright of the same chapter 



clothing, " 
alms 



liy prayer is beard, and 

ire had in rememb 
in the light of I rod," and also open- 
ed away of Gospel privilege to the 
gentile nations, without winch, we 

would utterly be without hope. 




I or tltr ( 'atnjMniati. 
< altar* nml Manufacture of lu- 
l»ii<-a(iu K l>rinb. 

tMer Jloltinger : We ha. 
deed several queries upon tips sub 
Now thi~ i< ioct, and have thought towriteafow 



because it is customary or fashiona- linos upon it. The, eh. rthin<* 

blc 1 will not quarrel with those come among us, and that is the cub 

who make no profession of christian- ture of a vegetable plant called Shor- 

it;., nor vet with such professors who ry and manufacturing it into a drink 

believe that it is not essontial to our : ">>1 call it wine, and wo are told 

ation to k<ep the commandmonta N has i rerj pleasant taste and 



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think 
that I T.ni- busine 

ethat 
inane «n 
well, i tfttiou t.i the 

liar. Tim. 6: 
•i is the ro 

bicb whi 1 af- 

tor thoy h ■ 1 from the faith, 

through with 

[f it is to "lay up 

oarthl we think that the 

one, and fir 

breth ■ .'i i make an intox- 

icatin barrels of it 

in i!i : is manner 

r chil- 
dren which may cause Borne of them 



war. Hut one will Bay that < hrist 

.: i. hut lie made 

it of water, and if tho3e that want 

ra of him make their 

■ ater alone we think it will 

do but little harm. But let us re- 

ber the words of Christ "watch 

and pray that ye enter not into 

temptation." 

JOHN S. 1 1 AN AW ALT. 
M i n. J 'a. 



For the Companion. 
On the Change or our Aunuul 
Council. 

My J ropositi m is not in favor of a 
the Annual council Meet- 
ings, but a help to sustain it in its 



:ards, and perhap nt form, and also to disj 

with some of the abuses practised at 
said m sotings, I as I think.) In the 
first place, then, let it be made known 
where the meeting will be held, so 
that the districts in the vicinity of the 
meeting shall be able to determine 
what amount of labor may be wan- 
tad from each district lying near e- 
! i the place of meeting, to at- 
tend and perform such work as may 



their undyin 

A i: in it is, that 

• irket with an 

■• that L not for the support of 

traction of 

b >th soul an : 

Luc saj !i p. great medi- 

cinal - 

hut if there ha 1 n 



ledfor b ary for the accomodation 

hal of the Meeting, winch work should 



a much hap] i t country than we 

The \| im all 

appeal d< ha; it 

not the appea ■ for breth- 

Let 

ads of orphan 

. in our land, 

thai b 1 by drunkenness 

. 
our p rapply 

bis mann 

h sip but 

':; • has 
male an I sold li ; I '• ■ 



I sveral District 
irding to its true value. 
Then let all the other churches 
contribute in money according to 
th tir several abilities, as some 
churches have tea times the i 

3 have, without regard to 

th ■ di the meeting may he from 

churchc »ning this 

iv Annual Council is first Cast, 

V. •. then North, then South; 

ty make no 

for tl' 

from I ' will all have our turn 

in time. And to make 
contribution >sith any thing like cer- 
. . a; t>> th • amount wanted, the 



ward neca his* fellow man drunken cost of the preceding Annual Meet- 
Fall into the ditch; ing thould be published in the Com- 
m be h lp but :•■ -and Visitor. Andfora 

ma 1 ■ perfect equality in 
13 made him drunl b, so contributing for the ex- 

i \/i!l i, ■ required of me. p - of our Annual Council, 

o\ erplus of moneys re- 
• trea • sr be divid id 
\ i ldor,but in proportion as the several chur 

hi il ng have paid in. reckoning the la 

more 1 the churches in the vicinity of 



ball perform, the same 
as though it was paid in cash; for I 
anticipate a considerable more will 

nt forward than will b< 
Be ing heretofore it was not a 
oral c ion from all the cnur- 

but only from several adjoining 

St.l! 

And in the second place I do most 
•tly and solemnly entreat those 
to whom it may he consigned, not to 
• a general attendance at the 
A. M., for never have I been more 
happy and thankful to the God of 
my salvation, than when I saw so 
many brethren and sisters in the 
Lord, and all, or nearly so, in good 
order. It is a little Heaven on Earth. 
Pray do not shut the door against 
those who attend for the promotion 
and welfare of Zion on Earth. 

And now as to the abuse. The 
selling and buying at our Annual 
Meeeting is a most mischievous cus- 
tom, and should be dealt with as our 
Savior did when on Earth. See St. 
John, 2nd: 13—17. Why is any 
member allowed to take his produc- 
er manufactured article to the 
Annual Meeting, and there offer the 
same for sale. Stop this and I be- 
leive the members will then bo hailed 
with pleasure and not with grief. 
Much more might be said on the sub- 
ject in this direction; hoping, how- 
some abler brother will take 
it in band and present the same in a 
clearer light to the readers of the 
•i than I can. 
JONATHAN KESSLER. 
Pleasant Md. III. 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Tyrone City, Pa., Jan 2nd, 1866. 

Volume Seeond. 

It matters little what our opinion 
may be in regard to the manner in 
which we have conducted our work, 
the verdict of our readers will decide 
our future success. We arc con- 
scious of many imperfections in our 
first volume, and regret the occur- 
rence of many errors: many of the 
former as well as Bome of the lal 
must be attributed to want of time. 



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[AN FAMILY COMPAQ 



Vo Although our prospects arc not very 
* flattering, yet wc have resolvi 
employ all ourmechanioal labor, and 
devote ourself entirely to our edito- 
rial duties. With this assistance, 
and with the experience of the past, 
we expect to improve our work ma- 
terially. 

A number of subjects which have 
impressed our mind for the last six 
months, will receive our earliest at- 
tention. 

In the nature and character of 6%r 
work we purpose no change, but 
shall endeavor to return to our or- 
iginal plan where we may have de- 
viated. 

In correspondence we must re- 
quest a condensation ; and more es- 
pecially in "Reports of Travels." — ■ 
These are very interesting item3, if 
brethren would not be too minute 
in their reports. They Bhould en- 
deavor to make their articles inter- 
to all, and not simply to grat- 



Afflicted. — We regret to learn 
that our brother 1'. 1/. Swine and 
family, of the Aughwick branch, are 
afflicted with sickness. May the 
good Lord protect and comfort them. 

Christmas. — In another column 
will bo found an interesting ari 
upon this occasion. It was receiv- 
ed just one day too late for our la.-t. 
We have also another from brother 
C. II. Balsbeklghj upon the same sub- 
ject, which wc expect to publish in 
our next, as we consider it too im- 
portant to be lost or to lay over fur 
a year. 



Editor's Diary. — We expect to 
resume this department of our paper 
in our next. 

Sending money. -Money sent 
by mail is at our risk, if carefully 
put up in sealed envelopes, and plain- 
ly addressed. We want no amount 
in $20.00 to be registered. — 



ify those with whom they associated ton nn i 

J S20.00 and more mav be registered 

while on their visit. We wish to 



hear from many of our traveling 
brethren who have not heretofore re- 
ported, and consequently we shall 
1 I to a.-k the omission of all 

unimportant narrativi , h re- 



at our expense, but we would as 
soon have it sent without. We are 
willing to trust to th ' /< >1%> aty of OUT 
brethren but wish them to be re 
sible for their own ear . We 

have received several letters Btatins 



-*fe?S^# 

are dependent upon their own earn (\ 
for their support, will f. . | 5 

not only more easy upon 
tin ir physical powers, but also more 
bl ■. as well as more r 
than those which are ao\i 
orally engaged in by them. 

e noticed by any who •• 
wish to engage in it. they will ; 
apply immediately. We want no 
amateur*; at such as wish to 

''work for a living." Good reading 
and spelling are ;. Callifi- 

To Subscribers. Wc continue 
to send the Companion to all our old 

subscribers whose term of 

tion has not yet expire,]. Some 

have but a few more numb 

When their term expir 
will mark the last No, BO thi 
know why the paper 
them. An error is quite prol 
and we shall thank our i 
correcting us if we should h 
milted a 



should embrace, bricHv, the ., 

. ' .•' that money was enclosed which con 

time, place i, name-, number oi me 



ings, additions to the church, and all 
rest. 
With the hop..' of Divine aid m 

ail. 

Errata.— Vol. L, i 

• ira top, supply 

ehri 

On 

line from bottom, read humility in- 
' bumanil 



W ■'■ rn Ilrmigthcri is the 
of a new paper published at this] 
and in the same room with us. The 
firs! No. baa just been issued, and 
•u being ph 

ice. Lfe editor. J. W. 5 
and its j ublisher, II. B. Jeffri 
as wc base made th 
' !! '" 1 " U " ;ir mce, are gentlemen of ab 



there had been none enclosed. Such 

LOne may occur, of COUT 

intentionally, to anj one | at !■ 

rred once to rnj self ». Please 
■e \ on enclose the 
money, or what is jusl id, be 

ture you •/ i en 



Wanted. iploy 

and wife, of Mom mu a < ive, i 

md L8, to learn tlie pnnung busi- 

learn that the community at that 

'\j ph u ral well and . while in th 

yt^ I' L ' r " son. N oun • who 



reputation. I 
quarto : pri< 

Apologeti 
■of ma 

out it apj r the 

pas( lew week.- we lia\ much 

hurried, having purchi 

\\ w 

vhicb « ■ 
oi tin- indox to our 

oould give but Int. 













CHRISTIAN i:\Mll.v COMPANION. 



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Hereafter we li- »i ►*- to do much 
If .mr machine will worV 
veil, it yet being untried, we Bhall 
time by it, and we mean fco< m- 
loy all mechanical labor, and trust 
to the liberality of our patrons to 
bear us through. 

The rlollia ' "'• including 

Christmas and New Year, wc» spent 
at hard labor, nevertheless, we trust 
.it least. spiritually observed. 

of church newe, and obituaries 
we hare a pretty good supply, but 
we were compelled to lay it over for 
next week, the former for want of 
time to transcribe and the latterfor 
want of suitable type. 

Our Xow List. 

At $2.00, 473 

\, $1.00 and 1.50, 320 

Total, 793 

Old subscribers, 273 

Total List, lf»06 

From the above it will be seen 
that even at tin' present time our list 
i< far from meeting the conditions of 
our several propositions. Lists are 
daily arriving but it is out of the 
question i*<>r us to indulge any hope 
of reducing our price, with the pres- 
ent - .for this volume at 

least. 

Our priees will therefore remain 
as before $1.50 per annum. 

We have issued several hundred 
copies more than we rci|uire for our 
. and ^ ill supply back 
numbers for a short time. 



my flesh, and drinketh my blood, 

hath eternal life; ami I will raise 

him up at the Last day. St. John 

CATHARINE HOLSOPPLE. 
Indiana, Pa. 

m m 

Brother C. Long's letter, and other 
matter already in t \ pe. was unavoid • 



ablv crowded out this week, 
appear in our next. 



Will 



l> 1 V. 1> . 

In Upper Conswago branch Pa. Bept. Vt 
lsr,:, ./. miiii.i Myers, aged -'> years s months . 
and 11 davs. Sinn' time and place ftfARGA- 
RET A. MYERS daughter of the above 
4 yean 9 months and IS clays. A serious I 
scene for friends to witness. 

October 8rd AMELIA P. LIOHTT aged 1 
year 1 month Mid -0 clays. 

Oct. 12th Vm.LlA.MD. son of our much 
beloved brother «nd sister Theopholua and 
Maria Power ; aged :i years l month and -•> 
davs. »- aiLmwBB j 



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1ST OF MONKY.S receirfd, for Biibacri] 
tion to the Companion, since our last. 

For 1 S6C 



Au*vi or to <luerj iu So. S3. 

"Why are sisters required at a 
■feast : >ve. 

With US the Bisters never give : 
back the "Communion" Bread to 
the Bishop, for he never gives more 
than they shall keep. 

The reas< n why the sisters take 
no part in breaking the bread, 

j., ! the women took DO part 

in breaking, or crucifying the 
■J body, and shedding the literal 
blood of the Savior. But they par- 
take of the symbols because Christ 
"Except ye eat the flesh of the 

' j Sou of man, and drink his blood, ye 

/ /, have no life in you. Whoso eatcth 



1! II Arnold, Dayton. Ohio. 
Peter Hendricks, Brandt, " 
Jacob Benseman, W. Charleston, O. 

John Bnell, New Carlisle, 

Henry Snell, " 

Jonathan Whistler, ' : 
Jos. Rlttenhooee, Chatham Centre, O. 

Samuel Carver, 

John Whit.-. " 

s \ Honberger, Ashland, Ohio, 

II Kllhefner, 

David M Winner. " 

Daniel stone. " 

8. R. Myer, Bareville, Pa. 

M. Mvcr. " 

Jacob Mver, " 

l). K. Myer, 

Henry Spicher, Hillsdale, Pa. 

S. C. Kelm, Elklick, Pa. 

Jonas Dellaven, Maquoketa, Iown, 

( . Long, t/t. Carroll. 111. 

Daniel woodring, PortMatilda, Pa. 
George Brown, Batavla, Iowa, 
John Killer, Btrabane, Pa. 
John J. Cover, Masontown, n. 
Jonathan Keaslcr, Pleasant Mound, III. 
11. K. Light, White Oak. Pa. 
And. Nchcr. RossvUlo, InU. 
,ios. D. Neher, 

JOS. W. Neher. 
Sain'l 11. Neher. 

ird Wolf, 
Jacob Bommers, Hansertown, ind. 

Dell, 
Martin Row, '' 

D. M. Sh. ilk. While House. I a. 

M. Bhenk, 

Barah Lei kron, Brownsville, Ohio, 
John Knlseley, Plymouth, Ind. 
Bbrcck, North Bend, tad. 
Bam*l V. Bouders, Hatfield, P >■ 
Jacob l>. Rosenberger, New Harbor, Pa 
Marls Hart, Beechy Mire, tad. 
John Hnfford, Rossvllle, tad. 
John Btudebaker, South Bend, Ind. 



Daniel Vaniman, Vlrdeti, III. 
David Vaniman, " 

John F. Neher, Rossvllle, tad. 
Catharine Frantz, North Hampton, Ohio 

i- Rosi nbi rgerj Hatfield, Pa. 
I Jacob Keithinoyer. 
Elizabeth Oaks, Dayton, Ohio, 
\V. <;. BchroCk, Berlin, Pa. 
i,. J. Bchrock, 

D. P. Walker. " 

Bamnel Forney, " 

C. II. Walker', " 

B. K. Rayman, " 

John Meyers, " 

Valentlm Bloogh, " 
Ananias Co " 

b Blongh, " 

Franklin Porney, ~ : • ' reek, Va. 
■ • ReltZ, Hen ford's Store, Pa. 

Michael Veynnd, Somerset /'a. 

JStin l". Rayman, BhanksviUe, Pa. 

Jonathan Kimmell, " 

Kid J. Wise. Hitlsboro, Pa. 
s. w. Tombangh, •• 
U. Tombangh, " 
John Leatberman, 
Q. <;. Crnmrine, " 
And Grablc, 
Susan Long, Union. Iowa. 

Hair. Homeraville, Ohio, 
Elder George Wolf, Btocton, California, 
E. Conlgmacher, Epbrata, Pa. 
, Noah B. Blongh, Stoystown, Pa. 
Michael Frantz, North Hampton. Ohio, 
Benjamin Brubaker, 
■ Gerlack, 
1 Bamnel Ryraan, 
| John M. Wine, 
Jai Ob Crist, 

D. A. Hnfford, Rossviue, Ind. 
John Myers, Goshen, tad. 
John Btutzman, 
David Berkey, do 

lierkev. do 

John Studebaker, do 
j. D. Toder, do 

John S. Newcomer, Columbia P». 

A. 0. Diehl. Victor Iowa 

John Brabaker, tiratis Ohio 
Geo. W. i Hsh Roanoak 111. 

Philin A. Moore do 
Andrew Knddell Secon 111. 
Michael Gilrber do 

Moore Metamora III. 
Elizabeth GIsb Gisher Mill Va. 
John P. Jennings Unionville Iowa 

B. w. Leavel do 
Jos. Zook do 
Samuel Whisler do 
Daniel Zook do 
A hra ham Zook do 
Israel Haidninn do 

J. Howell Jft. Pleasant Iowa 
Christ Onagy Meyers Mills Pa. 
Mrs. Mary A. Bcachty do 

JOS. I. Fifcc Summit Mills Pa. 

a Hoffman Scalplevel Pa. 
Jacob Replogle Laporte Ind. 
George Winner do 

N. P. Tiuver Ovid tad 
p, Fessli r do 

John Fritz Richland Iowa 
Cha's. Wonderticb do 
John F. Eikenberry Elm Spring Iowa 



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BY II. R. IIOLiSINGlSIt. " Whosoever loveth me keepeth my commandments.'' — Jescs. 

VOLUME II, TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, JAN. 9. 1866. 



At 8150 Per Annum. 
Number 2. 






s, !.,/■■ 'by H. B. t-vrry. 
The Voting ChrUtiHn'* Dt-wiro. 

Paniel's wisdom may I know, 
SteplvnV faith and spirit bliow, 
John's iirine cc*npas»ion 
Mo- seal ; 

like ill • u 1**hI< 

Win the priz. and coivrner all. 

Mary'- lovi' may I po.*e*p, 
l.vdi.-.'s I lifUr-hearT i;<lii<-6^, 

s ardent, lively z si, 
J nines 's faith '>>' works reveal ; 
Like young Timothy may 1 
Every sinful pacsiou lh. 

submission may I - 
I favid'e pore devotion know, 
Samuel'* call now niay I hear, 
Lazarus' h.ippj portion share; 
Lei Isaiah's tallowed fire 
All my new-born bouI inspire. 

.Mine be Jacob's wrestling prayer, 
(Sideon's v.iiiant, steadfast care i 
Joseph's purity impart, 

Isia'-'s meditative heart : 
Abraham's fri mdship may I prove, 
Faithful to the "Go I of lo"vc.'' 

Mosl ofall, may I pursue 
Th ■ bright pattern Ji-mii drew, 
In my lifj and conduct show 
How lie lived and walked below ; 
Daily by his grace restored, 
iva to imitate my Lord.. 



lor the Companion. 
A Christmas Greeting. 



To the Called in Giimst Justs. 



A happy Christmas to all who 
"love the Lord Je3us Christ In -in- 
cerity"- happy in th s'thrilling Mess- 
sour regenerate life, and 
happy in each other ! It ma \ be 
'names arc « ritl m 
In lleavim," and who nro fi fiUedwith 
(ill the Fulness of God." ar> wishing 
ma a happy anniversary ofth'e 
World-fact which alone makes onr 
happincs po Bible. <» tnav the 
1 o anoint the 'writer 

and the r sader, thai the glorious, 
inding event which, 
in the de pirlthal sense, we 

to-day, may come to onr heart* with 
nil the li >uor, freshness, and 

!' a iiewIy-innuguratotT; hear 
ou-doscentlin I 
1 am all alone, the r'osi hai 
to wor liip in tin- 

■ —i ^ — i 

v ' - a j ■ 



ti'Mi." and present their '-gold, ami $aj of His followers, however ob- 
iVaiikinc'ii^o, and myrrh" to the "Ho- acure, weak, or faulty. On this ho- 
ly Child Jesus.'' "Alone yet not a- I ly festival it is meet that we review 
lon»," for 1 have the sustaining con- our pan history, and see whether 
sciousnesa of a Spiritual Presence, t.he're is any true correspondence be- 
am! my inner being, which finds its tween the Life of "God manifest in 
complement 'only in Christ's My-:i- the flash}" and our own life, since 
oal body, is so crowded with thoughts God became incarnate in us. A du- 
and flooded with emotions relative plicature of the earthly history of 
to the elect, that 1 feel as though they , die God-Man, of sufficient di'stinc- 
were incarnated in me, or 1 in them, tures to be denominated a peculiarity, 
or what is more evangelical, as if we must characterize our daily icalk, if 
weTe, ally are. in some mys- ; we would claim affiliation with "Christ 

terioUS way living m to>-h <,//n ,-. the Lord." 

John 17. SJl'. The life of Christ was in to pro- 

No i .ian ever hat.nl his own body, foundest depths different from ours, 
of deea violence bo one member to ! but He found the objective world 
gratify another. Th • vital connec- just as we all do— full of temptation, 
tion between the different pads and rjTniiiiirriTnrkrr thorCTiirjo,oiujrwhjia 
organs, and the sense of such con- moved and defaced with the erup- 
nection, being independent of the tions of sin, which stormed upon Him 
will, we have no dttrxmtion to do in malignant f'urv. just as it does up- 
injury to anypait. In our on -n us. J lis physical constitution was 

e Spiritual Body, although the J in all respect- 'similar to our own. ex 



onion he affected and mainf 

conformably to the free operation -of 



cepting only the virus of sin which 
is not a primordial quality of human 



the will-power, the sense of oneness I nature, but a superadded clement, 
should be as distinct and deep, and j however inwrought with every til. re' 

the disposition to promote th- g I of our concrete nature. Alt! 

Christ was b Holy 

. His humanity \ 
by the operation of physical 
and necessarily inherited the Midess 
inflraaities of the nature II. - 
without a ft*<ft*Vtf of MM in which 
**eh inurniit,, - ,,i ,t, I, || a ,l 

He inherited th • tin that inher 



of the members with-whom tve 

vitally connected as ardent ai. ; 
stant as in tiie oaao of our own per- 
SOns. Were it not that "flu i,,v c of 
many is waxing cold," having in 
great measure hi] - -d ©u( of th ■ 

si-/<>i(>i ■ ,v.s of ( bid, \ Vl .. might, as a 

J'odv. have such a conscious!^ 



\tachoth«r in Christ Josus, that would His Virgin Mother, He eonid not 

a- eti'eetually debar us rYdttt seoing have redeemed iw - •.. n lie 

only the remaining spots of indwell- would have need-d a purgation llo.i- 

o. and magnifyin* each others self: had he not inherited the inno 

infirmities and defections, aefrom ta- coous infirmities eonsesjuehl on -in 

king pleasure in exposing onr faults He oowld not har< ,-,.uld 

and failings. \\ hen members are so not as I matter of tave im.de 

to bit the mantle of oil n . ■ ,., h der 

from the more repuhiiva features of i of KeHeent I ' -w 

lite and character [ n others, and t. | fl ,]„. ,„ Xs , .,. v ,,,- 

Ihrowing the cloak of inaliee over aH Cod, "Thanks 1», 

is annable and commendaole, ferllte nn«)>oak*ble «• \ 

" ' m V Perhaps **k\\ eoncludetl of hope 

,, "' M ; W'onation from Chri , Un\ ■ risil d : d v 

m«»«ed ,„ towartl world but for the -b 

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v'm'.tv in the manger ! Notone beam unity f the Divine Attributes, and 
of light could ever have reached the ! not with reference to Divine Power 
the sindarkened chambers of our ; in the abstract, 
souls but for the "bright and morn- j In order to make salvation possi- 
ing Star" that first dawned upon the j ble, it was absolutely necessary that 
world in a stable among the boasts \ Christ meet us at the same point 



3 



in the stable of 

tah. 

If the Lamb of God could make 
no redemptive provision without 
humbling himself, even to the low- 
est depths of self-denial and ignoml 



tr 



ot the field ! Notone Heaven luring, j where all natural generation begins, ny, we surely cannot expect to be 
Heaven-lifting attraction could we i and enter into all the stages of hu- partakers of His glory unless we first 
ever have felt but for the Divine man life from its (fawn to its matu- "suffer the loss of all things" for His 
magnetism that emanates from the \ rity, and make all the sinbegotten sake. To be brought into sympathy 
anomalous person of this wondrous circumstances of the race His own by j with us in all the gloomy stages of 

actual experience, in the natural or- j our pilgrimage, "He humbled him- 
der, in the natural wav, though not ! self;" and that He may bring us in- 
always in the form they exist among j to sympathy with the dark stages of 



Babe ! He is the channel of everv 
blessing, the source of all life, the 
uiii-rcated and unending, the "Alpha 



and the Omega," although at the 
point He enters upon His Mediatori- 
al work He is as unconscious of His 
mission and character as were any 
of us when we were ushered into be- 
ing. The incomprehensible mystery 
of the incarnation is inclusive of all 
that follows. Without the astound- 
ing conjunction of Divinity and hu- 
manity, no life could have been giv- 
en us as a Model, no death as an 
atonement for sin, no resurrection 
as a pledge of our deliverance from 
the last enemy" and no ascension 
and glorification as a security and 
adumbration of our own exaltation 
to the Metropolis of the Kingof kings. 
All our hopes for the eternal world 
are based on the great facts of the 
Incarnation, the Crucifixion, Resur- 
rection, the Ascension, and Advoca- 
cy of the Central Person of the Trin- 
ity, and of ..11 these the first is the j Virgin, and 
bud, and includes, by involution, all 
the rest. Christ might have entered 
our race at any point of individual 
life, and assumed our nature at an 
age in the order of normal develop 
ment which would have enablod Him 
to have an immediate and perfect 



men. One pain, or trial, or sorrow j His life, He humbles us. "Thus it 
of Jesus may cover ten thousand | behooved Christ to suffer," and "to 
temptations and trials in us, having I enter into his glory." If we "suff- 
no affinity of form to His. His death er with Him" we shall also be "glo- 
was a complete atonement for our i riBed together." "Let this mind be 
sins, and yet he bore the penalty in in us, which was in Christ Jesus." — 
a form very different from what ours J The great and holy lesson tought us 
would have been had no vicarious ; by the event we commemorate to-day 
sacrifice been made. So also in His is "profound self-abasement, increas- 
ife "He was tempted in all points ing, habitual lowliness of mind. Let 

in the deepest prostration of soul 



like as we are," without meeting 
temptation in ail the forma in which 
it assails us. As He "tasted death 
for every man" in a form which few 
need to encounter, so He unfolded 
and sanctified life as to enter truly 
and vitally into every one's trials 
and sorrows. The first golden link 



us, 

place ourselves in such an attitude 
j as to enable us to exclaim with the 
' holy Virgin, "My soul doth magnify 
I the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoic- 
! ed in God my Savior. For he that 
! is Mighty hath done to us great 

things; and holv is His name." Let 



in the chain of human redemption j us look back with devout gratitude 

and joy to that memorable night 
when the Angels appeared over the 
plains of Bethlehem, proclaiming 
that the promised child was born, the 
promised Savior given — that through 
this Babe whose name is "Wonder- 
ful," glory is secured to "God in 
the highest," and "peace on earth 
and good will toward men." Let 
us lav our mouths in the dust, and 



that reached our world, was let down 
at Nazareth, and touched humanity 
at the germinal point of the blessed 
every pulsation of her 
holy heart advanced and matured 
the Divine scheme in tho develop- 
ment of her unborn son, thus length- 
ening out the chain fastened to its 
celestial, eternal staple in the bosom 
of God, destined to compass the world 



ir. the .communicated life of Jesus, ! adore the 



azing condescension 
human consciousness of his position, ] binding millions of hearts together I that brought the Ldrd of Life and 
humiliation and purpose : or He might ; in the eternal ecstacy of bliss, event- Glory from His Throne in Heaven 
have made His entrance into the ually attaching its earth-sweeping to that manger of humiliation; the 
world as did the first Adam, without ! end to the great-first immovable link : "Everlasting Father" dwelling in 
th« slow, intervening process of nat- j on high, thus making anever ending the form of a helpless, houseless in- 
ural laws; but in either case His cycle of ever-brightening glory, ever fant ! May we seek by holy, ngh 
sufferings and death would here been ! deepening blessedness, interlocking ! tcous, consistent lives, to show 
without any mediatorial and redera- and clasping each in all, and all in we are not insensible of 



tive merit. 

Had lie cornc at any ag> without 
honoring the law of human genera- 
tion, no soul could have been recused 
by any thing He could have accom- 
\\ plished . I use the words '■'could not" 



each, and all in God, forever safe 
and happy in the love of Jesus, for- 
ever thrilled with the everlasting 
s ing, and forever eloquent with 
praise, with harp, and lip, and soul, 
to Him who was cradled in a man- I en 



that 
the unmer- 
ited love of God. And while con- 
templating our Blessed Mediator in 
His humiliation, may it be ours to 
look forward with holy joy to His 
second coming in the clouds of Heav- 
II is tears, and sorrows, and ag- 



i ith 



reference to the harmony or I gcr, and wrapped in swaddling-bands i omes / 11 paat, when the Babo of 



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Bethlehem, the sufferer of Ge hsem- 
ane, the crucified of Calvary, shall 
be seated on the Throne of Univer- 
sal Empire, and crowned LORD of 



came up, but for the hardness of the 
heart (as I conceive) it was allowed, 
but in the "beginning it wa3 not so ," 
therefore if our brethren had conten- 



all. And then, my brethren and ; ded against it in the beginning much 
sisters, when we have ascended the hard feeling, and disagreeable con- 



empyreal heights, and stand in the 
presence and live in the life and con- 
sciousness of infinite majesty and 
love, arrayed with glory as 
garment, and' laving our deathless, 
exquisite nature in the Crystal River 
of bottomless, shoreless bliss, we t will 
look back upon the theatre of the 
wondrous work of our Redemption — 
upon all Christ has done for us, and 
in us, and with us, in a clear and 
orderly review, and oh, how wonder- 
ful and thrilling will the retrospect 



troversies, would have been avoided, 
Be this, however, as it may, the very 
brethren which oppose controversies 
with a ! or contention practice the same, else 
they would tamely submit to anything 
that is said or written against their 
feeljngs. 

Now in conclusion I would only 
say, go on, brother Henry, and you 
correspondents go on ; all the pre- 
caution I would prescribe is speak 
and write in meekness of the Gospel; 
be careful, don't let self importance 



be ! Then will we know Jesus in all stick out, for that is the article on 



the fulness of His Love, in all the 
power of His Grace, and one Eter- 
nal Christmas reign. 

C. H. BALSBAUGH. 
Dec. 25, 1865, 1 o'clock in the 
afternoon. 



For the Companion. 
Contention. 



which your hearers, and your read- 
ers stumble And you my dear rea- 
ders, one and all, permit me to give 
a bit of advice, that if followed up 
will make you feel good. Whenever I 
you hear or read any thing that I 
grieves you, stop and ponder ; search I 
your heart to find why it grieves, j 
and if you hear or read any thin 



Brother Hohmger,—! see in the that vexes you, look around vou, for 
tampanton some objection made to \ you are in danger of being bfindfold- 
publishing articles of contention, j e d, and if vou get angrv vou are al 



Now I think the writers do not con 
sider the matter properly, for we are 
commanded to "contend earnestlv 
for the faith once delivered unto the 
saints," and without contending we 
would soon fall into grievous condi- 
tions. It is for the want of contend- 
ing by our ancient brethren, that the 
troublesome difficulty has come down 
to us about uniting with the world, 
especially political voting, which was 
not practiced formerly. I know a 
brother by the name "of John Leath- 
erman, who is about ninety years old 
now, whosaxs: when he was a bov 

u\ Valley. 
Maryland di 1 not got., the polls; 
hut when politic! got hot then the 
partisan-* would eanvans tho country 
and would get some of the brethren's 

•one, that were no members, toi 
Those eons afterwards becoming mem- 
bers, were Induced still to rote, tad 
opened the road for others to do mo, 
end finally it became 

nual Meeting, and was de 
not to vote." Again ami 



ready in the hands of the adversarv, 
and unless you tear loose from his 
' clutches, he will drag you along. 

Now brother H., since I wish to 
have the Campanion sent in its en- 
larged form, and two more brethren 
with me, I thought to drop a little 
manv brethren 



Yours in the bonds of the Gospel. 
F. P LOEHR. 

Bloomingdale, Mich. 

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m For the Companion. 
Perfection. 

Our blessed Savior in that part of 
of his celebrated Sermon on the 
mount, which is contained in the 5th 
chapter of Matthew ; wherein he held 
forth the great principles of non-re- 
sistance, concludes in the following 
language. "Be ye therefore perfect, 
even as your Father which is in heav- 
en is perfect." It becomes us there- 
fore, as his children, to inquire what 
is required to constitute a perfect 
man in Christ Jesus. I am well 
aware that some contend that we can 
become so perfect, or in other words, 
bo sanctified, that it is impossible to 
sin; but to the law and testimony : 
if we speak not according to that," it 
it is because there is no light in us. 

We will first refer to King David, 
ofwhomitis said, when the Lord 
rejected slaul from being king of Isra- 
el, "he raised up unto tnein David to 
be their king: to whom also he gave 
testimony, and said, 1 have found 
David the Son of Jesse, a man after 
mine own heart, which shall fulfill all 
my will." Consequently we con- 
clude, if David was a man after God's 
own heart, he must also have been s 
perfect man. The question might 
now arise, what made him a perfect 
man, or a man aft«r God's owu heart ; 
was it because he was free from sin j 
Nay verily, K.r he was guilty of one 



information, and as 

desire to know about our Northern I of the grosest aius, in the instance of 
region, I would say that we have his unlawful communication with the 
very pleasant weather, with good ' wife of Uriah, and his dealings with 
sleighing for nearly three weeks; j him afterwards , hut when the proph- 
ahout a foot of snow. Work can be ' et Nathan said, "'thou art the man " 




querv at Ai. 

'bed 

again 



it 



done most dayswithout gloves. We 
had plenty of peaches, apples, and 
all other fruits, both tame and wild. 

As regards the Vineyard 

Lord, h i* prospering slo* 
gradually. Dark clouds occasion- 
ally hover over it, hut the aim ot 
righteousness disperses everv shade, 

and if some of our deat brethren 
wooJd drop in ooeaeloaaUy and wa- 
ter the tender phuiftt, ami m 

some of the wild olives, tlu> garden 
of the Lord might soon bloom and 
bear sweet fruit. 



eonuctiuu seized him, and he repen- 
ted immediately, and was williug to 
J submit to any judgment the Lord 
of the \ saw tit to inflict u; on him ; aud bare- 
ly, an I m is where 1 claim that we can be 

perfcot, when »*■ m ooaviaoed o( 

our bin. of whatever nature u may 

be, thai we willingly, and voluntarily 
acknowledge it . and a>L forgiveness 
I id, end ed If 

this rale, i which i« recorded ia u 
of Matthew,) *as 

. ( '_\ nil the mi i. . -u i'. 

tead of biasing theii ssettrn 



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> road to their brethren. ;ui 1 per-: 

haps to the werM] there would 1 1 ' » t 

mm-h bnslnosa brought to our 
church i.i 

<>n,- ..f the strongest arguments 

in rVfor of the form ft opinion, ia 

rounded on the first epistle of John, 

:?r<l chapter aa 1 9th veree : where 

- : "Whosoever i-< born of 

loth not commit sin : for his 
seed remainoth in him ; and h«' can- 

in, because lie is born of I 
But wo should remember thai in the 
samp epistle he saj a : "my little chil- 
dren, these things 1 write unto you, 
that ye sin not. And if any man 
sin, we have an advocate with the 
Fattier, Jesus Christ the righteous : 
and he is the propitiation for our sins : 
and not for our.; only, but for the 
sins of the whole world." I think 
the Apostle Paul, in the 10th chap- 
ter, and 26th verse of his epistle to 
th ■ Hebrews makes the subject very 
plain : he says : "If we sin wilfully 
after that we have received the 
knowledge ofthe truth, there remain- 
eth no more sacrifice for sin." It is 

:it therefore that the man that 

is born of God cannot commit sin 

wilfully, but he may through weak- 

. or by omission, for the Apostle 

Paul again savs, "the flesh lusteth 



jn-t ko fergire iu our, -ins and to 
- ■ tfl from all unright.-ou-: 
There might bo much more said 
on the subject, but 1 fear I have ta- 
k< • ii up too lunch space already : I 
will therefore give it OVW-to the iu- 
resttgatiou of -the brethren and sis- 
. hoping that others who are 
more able will take it up; for 1 be- 
loive it is a subject that id very im- 
perfectly understood. 

D. E. JPRIC.E. 
Mt. Morrki, 111. 



against the spirit, and the spirit a- 
r the ile=h : and these are con- 
trary the one to the other: so that 
we cannot do things that we would." 
Therefore if we are fully resigned 
• • rwHrofthe Lord, and desire 
nothing but n live to his glory, and 
should fail through weakness, God m . v 
will not hold us occountable if 
n-k forgiveness ; but if we try to jus 



How to make Friends. 

A nl J saj/ unto you Make to 
yourselve* friends of the tn 
uiyrigjiteo i « j/e fail, 

tlfii mini r'efeiveyoni) isling 

habit align*. Luke 16. 9. 

Make Jesus Christ your friend. 
There is no bribing iu this. Let tu 
have him for our friend. Friend-hip 
^s understood to be a mutual attach- 
in uit -uhdsting between two persons. | d,-,,^ 
'["'■. >crinturcs present us both with 
examples o^aoajprocepte^onceriung kindm-.- 
it.. David and Jonathan, Paul and 
Timothy, our Lord and La/.ara-. as 
well as John are striking instances of 
friendship. Solomon exhorts us in , 
language so energetic. "Thine own 
1 and thine father's fr;end, for- j 
sake not." "Make sure of thy friend , 
for faithful are the wounds of a j 
friend,"' when wc have Christ our | 
friend. This is of more value than the 
friendship of all the world, and Je- , 
hi- said .John 15. 14. Ye 



openness of temper, obliging man- 
ners on both frauds be cultivate 

"And the Lord connneiuled the 
injust .Steward because he had done 
wisely : for the child, -en of this world 
are in their generation wiser than 
the ehildi jht." 

Make, frit iaI.% of, enemies. As it 
regards making friends of enemies, 
we have it fully exemplified in the 
character of Joseph, to his brethren. 
By Josej h administering to the wants 
of. his brethren when in need they 
became his friends. Though remem- 
ber their council against Joseph in 
Dotiian, they determined to slay him 
I and cast him into some pit. Put 
j Keuben heard thawi and delivered 
; Joseph out of their hands and said 
( let us not kill him. Again we hear 
! of Joseph down in Egypt, adininis- 
. tering to the wants of his brethren, 
, by the use of the mammon of unright- 
[eousn'ess. If our enemy hunger let 
; us feed him, if he is atuirst give him 



I: 



The Lord remember all our acts of 

Amen. . 

JN',). M< dlnLSoX. 
Mjultrie. Si ' >/r>'t. 



he Companion 
Our Animal >«<■< tin--.. 
Bear Brother [fohiiiger : — In No. 
19, of the Qompa'mon 1 see an arti- 
cle wiitten by brother D. 11. Plaine 
on "No Change? '" the manner of 
holding our Yearly M and 

from tu2 t me of his article, as well 
your reply o it. I discover a sensi- 
tiveness in the minds of the brethren 



j nas saiu .jonn iu. i*. ie are. 
friends if ye do whatsoever 1 
command you; 0, precious friend 
ship ! We sh._. 
• u7st*viH wKt*W* to&fo i loam Ckritf the King of Glory and of me >kne*3 and FcW I 

of "a wicked act. it makes the m„..« .with ail the holy one, in earth and I 

hca\ en. 

I/uw shall we ■■>"■:■ to ■>.-■■■ 



whioh I fear will lead them into ex- 

i;iiiiiii>"i .">». ... , j,. ~— -- ^ 

hip! We shall be one in heart with , ciremenl ii not controlled l.y a sprit 



a hundred fold worse : arid is an eV- 
irt is he! perfect 
before God. 

Th ■ christian race i= oorifpal 1 
a warfare, and I am fearful, Wh mi 

pcrfe •'. or aeffrighl 
t 1 . it wc cannot .-in. or ha 

rav to combat with, thar the DeV- 
fitt-rjnstaooriV where lie want; «»'"' property 
■ infli Infienef eit and phw 



foreman and corresponding s 'ereta- 
rv of the committee might not be a- 



fe : llv the u-e ,,f pr >p. riy a- mi-s. _ 

..■ *» pauesa in this. It is manifest from brother I .am s 
world, t i th- best adva >r the article that he labors under an a]j 

caine of Chr'.-t. We all know how j prehmimm that a change ha. ior id 



I and make friend ■;< 'four re 
latiou- ami neighbor, ^e.. bv u,m 
in such wa v.- 



■ 
o'je.-t a curtailing of the liber 
member.* attending, the meeting. 

I will say t - h'ua. and fco all meny 

lei it- '.■•■> wh -'may entertain similar ' 






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VS in tli ■ Com] ",'■;'. which Justified might be said in regard to 

Fin sucb appr is; but Buchcaa plowing, threshing, .See. ; but lot this 

n 'vcr, will never, be admitted by Suffice'. 
the e >rnmittec, nor sustained by ths 




meeting. It is not the presence of doing a commandment of Jems m ti- 
the members that calls tor a change, [orderly than we ace wont to do ? 
It is, it should emphatically be. a think we em. [know jolne church- 



icr's meeting, but the outside 
presure, and traffic at the place of 

meeting demands it. And 1 believe 
if brother Plaiue had attended our 
Yearh Meetings regularly for the 
; _ ir- he would he a i earnest 



ea have. Kor instance. Jesus -com- 
mands that wo ought to wash one- 
anothcrs feet. We all know tie 
confusion that used to follow the ob- 
servance of this holy commandment. 
How often have our hearts boon 



for a reformation as any of the breth- pained at the confusion in the house 
ron. without one-.' thinking that our of God while observih j it, and how 



for the ' 'on 

is it Profitable. 

Some brethren are stronger than 
But can we change a manner of others. That which night have a 

tendency to elevate or lift up the 

the members that Calls for a change. I orderly than We ate wont to do? mind of one brother, might be the 

voi-y means of humbling another 
Brethren who are well spoken of as 
being able in the Boriptures, talen- 
ted, &c.j should not by any m 
te eialted. The teachings 
Christ and the spirit of the g 
throughout would instruct us to be 
the more humble. Give God the 
praise. If it pleases tb • Lord to be- 
itteii into our pocket-, oft in have brethren consulted togetiw stjw upo» w --uvo" or -live" i 

let us thank lliin for it. and 
to improve them. Let us 
meekness humbly - -boldly-- in the 
strength of the ^rod of power, and 
as in the presence of an .■.e thai nsv- 
er sic 

\\ e notice in our church papers 
that a numb, r of our brethren who 
travel a good deal, are of late in the 
habit of giving a report of their jour- 
Be] the route', unber of meet 

bags attended by them, & 
brethren do n n.-upposo that WD think 
you are boa-ting ur aiming to "show 
out" in publishing all the proeee 1- 

ofvour heavenly i 
although 9 know the 

state of your mind, wo hope ; 
things of you, and n are glad to 
know that you are faith dU- 

' than many o! his pr . lv «.a the .sub,. iiroet ii tome, charge of your duty ; willing t<> trav- 

frora rtio fact that he*. introduced im- and 1 will submit all to the commit- el and visit the cl We are 

proved pi in-, (ov sy-tcms) i: e ,\hich will he coir.rlicd at le:. 

ehool. Dare any • i| re the meeting of the 



or that we are seeking notoriety, ftc. 

Query 1 it, of 1865 - not eon- 
tcmplat ■• a departure from a "world 
renowned system and piety," but 
a change In the manner of observing 
it, kc. Br »th$r Plain "-that 

every time we atte alter and 

improve the system. We will only 
make it woe ■." -ir breth- 

ren, as no change of system is pro- 
I let us not fret about that ; w 
rtly trying t i get a lygfem tq 
enable u eve "truth and pie- 

eiore orderly than heretofore. 

i: .. of illustration', let us look 
at the subject from a natural stand 
point. And here I might callfcroth 
or Pi the fact that 



er how the difficulty might be over- 
come. Thanks be to God, some 
relics have, and all can, ... 
ae it. I lave th jsc brethren who 
so arranged their tables that they 
h one anotheis feet with 
| no m ire confusion than i- 
.letimc.s caused by a restless 
babe in it' mother's, arms lepart - I 
th e command- 
ment of '-truth and piety'.'" Truth 
answers No. So we belicv • a plan 
can be adopted to hold our V. M'a 
more orderly, and yet free for all 
ibcw who wish to attend. 
In order that the committee 
have the benefit of the wisdom of the 
itherhood to a-.-i t them in foi m- 
I iteachsenbol in«j a plan of improvement. 1 wwh 
in our Country he was far more BUO the luvthr..n to write their \ lews fro - 



broth I' u had' departed fr icil, in order to have amp] 

objectj tcn<'hl • he did it for doliberai 



than other liar) done it. 

Th 

Id win v a b 
on hi- shoulder, walking over tho 
. . ground ami u\\\ I . 



| 
WO would add 

onlj the church brethren 

are numtrous and have plant 
Permit mo here to say, that th« mini-tonal aid, but forget not 
u.ion of many of the members, out-skirts. Tli 
who go to Y. M., and u Ilinj at no great di 1 

the er aturda y. and Sundew in tiie West, urhoro ehnr 



and b. Te ■■.':! e and Wediic-d.i 

I'd. 
now WO s.iw w'nh II 
lo we ill 

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sowing I to- 
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but scatter broad-cast among the 

people the bread of life. Bid diem 

•toop, and gftther and eat, that they 
ina\ liv.- and BOt die. 

We eay we are glad to know that 

roe are faithful in the discharge of 
Vour duty.— and that you are will- 
ing to work for the Lord in enlarg- 
ing the borders of Zion. Bat wheth- 
er it ie always profitable to give a 
long history of your journey, — the 
route, the number of sermons you 
preached, fee., judge ye. 
Yours in love. 
SAMUEL KINSEY. 
Dayton, 0. 



MISCELLANEUS 



wagon one dav : 

turned on the manner of doing 



HoiirHl) ill ItilxilM St. 

Two brethren were riding in a 
the conversation 
bus- 
iness. 

"Brother," said one, "if we would 
succeed in store-keeping we cannot 
be strictly upright in every little 
thing. It is impossible. We could 
not live." 

"It is contrary to religion not to 
be upright," replied the other. 
"Honesty is as much a part of reli- 
gion as prayer, or reading the Bi- 
ble. A man may pray and read 
the Bible, and yet if he be not strict- 
ly an honest man, he cannot be a 
religious one." 

"I don't know about that ; we 
must live, — that is my doctrine." 

"But you pretend to be a religious 
man, don't you ? You are a pro- 
fessor as well as I am." 

"But we must live. I shall break 
down in uiv store if I do not shave a 
little." 

"And you will be more likely to 
break down if you do. I tell you, 
my brother, honesty is not only a 
part of religion, but it is the best 
policy too : and I "ill venture to say, 
the man who is honest will succeed 
better iu his store than the on 
is not. The man who is unjust, eith- 
er in little things ST great thin 
a dishonest man, and an irreligious 
man ; and the dav of judgment will 
convince him of it fearfully." 

The above conversation, in sub- 
stance, took place in one of the coun- 




Egyptians ; Friday, by the 
Saturdav, bv the Jews. 



Safety in Duty. — If we are in the 
path of duty, and if our help and our 
hope is in the name of the Lord, we 
may confidently expect that he will 
uphold us, however faint and enfee- 
bled we may seem to be to ourselves 
and others. — Newton. 



ties of the State of New-York. The 
•tore-keeper did business in a village 
mar which they were riding. Since 
that time he has failed in his busi- 
ness, and has been obliged to leave 
the rillage. 

I wish every merchant, every 
store-keeper, would lay this truth to 
heart: "A man who is not strictly 
an honest man cannot be a religious 
man." 

Cod's Care for His Children. 

We believe we are indebted to 

good Mr. Simon for this beautiful 

illustration of God's care for his child- 
ren : 

Conceive of a child passing over 

rocks where there is scarcely room 

for his feet, and where the path is so 

slippery that it is hardly possible 

for him to stand, and where there are 

precipices on every side so steep and 

tremendous that a single false step 

must of necessity cause him to be 

dashed to pieces. Conceive of a 

father guiding his beloved child in 

all this way, "holding him by his 

right hand," that he may not fall ; 

and raising him up if any time he 

have fallen/and preserving him from JJ2JJ neceS sarv to compacture, the 

a 11 dangers to which he is exposed , ' ated masses of visible, sensi- 

i ble matter, assumed globular forms, 
} ready to be superficially, and orna- 
i mentally diversified preparatory to 
1 the reception of animal life. 
The Sweetest Music-Music is Man bein S "ade after the image 

sweetest when heard over rivers, ! and ^eness of the Great Spirit 

where the echo thereof is best re . I who created him, we may naturally 

bounded by the waters. Praise for I conclude, that outward physical na- 

pensivencss, thanks for tears, — ' ture wai modeled and ornamented 



Material and Spiritual form. 

What is the difference between 

| material and spiritual form ? Where 

is the limit of materiality ? and where 

the beginning of the spirit world ? 

These questions are often asked, 

! and have been but vaguely and m- 

| differently answered. 

We are led to believe, that there 
I was a period in the unfathomed past, 
| when physical materiality existed iu 
: its primal, analytical status "without 
j form," and continued in a distributed 
condition until the Maker, in exert- 
ing His omnific power, rolled to- 
i gether the uncreated elements of 
physical worlds. 

Properly and proportionately unit- 
ed, and having attained the natural 



that trusts in Him. Not for one mo- 
ment does He leave the trembling 
saint. 



and 



blessing God over the flood* of afflic- 
tion, make the most melodious music 
in the car of heaven. — Fuller. 



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after the varied and beautified mani- 
festations of spiritual form. 

The spirit land fills all immensity, 
and the planets and stars that glitter 
Prayer.— It is not the length, but ^ the sky like sparkling diamonds 
the strength of prayer, that is requir- in a spacious, lighted ball, are m 
ed ; not the labor of the lip, but the point of size, as specks of dust float- 
travail of the heart, that prevail with , ™£ » n our atmosphere. 
God. "Let thv words be few," as The spirit world surround; us on 
Solomon says, but full and to the ov, - r . v si(le 5 an,i . has neither begin 

purpose. Spencer. i ningnorend.but is as vast in extent, 

- - —«- as eternity is endless in duration. 

The following days of the week are l This little world of ours,-»-a mere 
set apart for public worship in differ- ■flspeek in immensity — presents to our 
cut nations : — Sunday, by the Christ- eyes a diversity of BCenes and views, 
ians ; Monday, by the Grecians; many of them beautiful and grandly 
Tuesday, the Persians ; Wednesday, sublime. What, then, must be the 
by the Assyrians; Thursday, by the inimitable beauty and sublimity of. 



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^\ that vast, etherial universe, adapted were kindly taken to Newville, where ! oui patrons in sending in their sub- ,. 
to the refined capacities of spiritual we took the cars for Harrisburg: ; gcriptions thus crowding all the hea- : N ' 
orders of intelligence ? | Jen took the Lebanon Valley Rail work J ^ ^ ^ inni f 

Ihe rough physical outlines ofouri Road to Hutnelstown where we were: tJ ; e yo]u £ e M lette » a ^^ 



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natural world may be dim representa- kindly taken to the Lebanon meet 
tionsof the spiritual — mere physic- i ing-housc, where we met with the 
al manifestations of the invisible re- brethren, holding a serious of meet- 
ality represented to the ocular sense, j ings, where we assisted them in hol- 
or natural out-shoots of the enchant- ding three meetings. The weather 
ing scenes peculiar to that illimitable j being unfavorable the brethren 



unacknowledged, and items of a local 
nature unpublished. Once more we 
ask for patience. 



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realm allotted to the after existence j thought it best to stop .he meeting, J brot ££ andbSTemSrt, \n°th^ °h °ar 

of his age. The deceased leaves a widow "and 
6everal children. 

At Mt. Pleasant Md., on the 29th 
ult. BENJAMIN F. EMMERT. 



of man. I so after enjoying ourselves much 

Taking this view of spiritual com- indeed in Dauphin Co., we re- 
pass and form, we can easily conceive turned to Harrisburg in company 
that heaven, or the 



r the angelic world, is ' with brothers Zigler and Brewbaker . ,, ' , , ■ , 
a place of unsurpassed beauty, and | from Lancaster Co. At Harrisburg ' < broth « * the ab ^ ■ £• 25* 
that there is but a single step from \ we took the cars for Mt. Joy where - Vear ,° f hlS a S e ' ?£ bruther ^ ft 
sublunar worlds to the Celestial we attended a meeting in the even- ? ■"*"* ° "? *£ l0 moun j hls e 
Paradise. I ing of the 14th. Then we were kind- lo5S - Tims in the short interval- of 

As the exterior world presents an ! lv conveyed from place to place by ' ? ne ?"£** '"" n 7 ZT. hd 
infinite variety of scenery, such as i brother David Garlough. We at- , frum the,r ™rthly abode : but we 
beautiful groves, flower blooming : tended four meetings in the White hav ^ ^^ to hope that they were 
gardens,fruitfulfields,fertilevalley 8 ,i Oak church, Lancaster Co. Those P* 8 !***" 1 to "j^p y 
gently sloping hills, mountains that ; meetings were well attended and we j ' ' i ' AUR - NEY - 

bathe* their summits in the clouds, I think an interest felt. We then' . At Shade Gap Tanery, Hunting 
oceans, lakes, rivers, and purling I met with the brethren in the Cones- 
streams of water clear as the morn- j toga church, had three meetings with 



ing sunshine ; may we not, in the 
world beyond, feast our eyes with 
scenes far transcending^ these of 
earth ; but as the beauty of earth is 
interrupted by desolate, inhospitable 
continents of ice, rocky plains, and 
barren deserts of arid sand, so may 



the brethren in the Conestoga church, 
where there was also quite an inter- 
est manifested. We found in any 
loving brethren and sisters in all our 
travels. On the morning of the 17th 
we were kindly taken to Lancaster 
City by brother Christian Brewba- 



the climes of delight in the ulterior I ker, where we stopped a short time 
world, be painfully contrasted with j with brother Jacob Rinehold, then 
bleak, barren desolation prepared j we took the cars to Phila ; arrived 
for the devil and his angels."- - Wen- ! here at 2 o'clock on the 17th. We 
tern Hemisphere. still enjoy our health ; and We try to j 

thank the Lord for all his bl. •-■-,. 
C. LONG. 



LOCAL MATTERS. 



Tyrone City, Pa., Jan 9th, 1366. 
mwnrowinTMn 

Brother HoUmgor ; -I again intrude 
upon your columns by ft further BO- 
ace ot our travels. Arriving among 
tho brethren in upper Cumberland 
on the 9tb of Deo. we were taken 
from j laoe i" place by brother Dan 
i<l Keller. We net with the broth 
fit tour times for public worship 
meetings well attended : good etten 
tton and order was manifested, en 
^ joyed ourselfmuoh among the broth 

nn and Utters. 

On the morning of she 1 2th we 



Phila, Dec. 17th. 

Editors Uimry. 

Manday, Jan. 8th., 11 : 15 P. M. 
— From our note last week our rea- 
ders BO doubt expected that we Would 

bereafter give m account of oaoh 

dav, but tle-y will pardon us when 

ww aesnre them that not a moment 
has boon spent Idly. One whole 
night we spent at labor, and yet WO 

are behind time. We are nearly 

worn out, but expect bein 

We uak for patience and forboojinoo. 
many of hsvt week's papen in not 



don Co., Nov. 29th, ELIZA COB- 
NELIUS, wife of Lemual Cornelius, 
and daughter of brother Samuel and 
sister Sarah Rough ; aged 2;> years, 
3 months, and 29 days. She leaves 
a husband and 3 little ones, the 
youngest about two weeks old. Fu- 
neral services by the writer, from 
the 90th Psalm and 12th verse. 

Near Orbisoiiia, Huntingdon Co., 
Dec. 26th, JOHN SWARTS, son 
of brother George and >i»ter Sarah 
Swans ; aged 21 years, 2 months, 
and 8 days. Funeral services by 
the writer, and J. R. Lane, from 
Ed. 12th ehapi 

A. L. Ft nk. 

In Fphrata district. Lancaster Co. 
Pa., -Nov. 24 l s 'i,~>. of Cousum] 
Sister REBECCA LANDEe 

17 war-. 1 month, and 28 days. 

Funeral sorvic the Brethren^ 

from the 4th Piana and the 9th 
verse. 

JOHN L. pfOHLER. 

1m the POUT Mile church, I" 
nion Coun( \ ! •• i ; ma, < >cl b . 

Brother JOHN ?.1A BROOK 
of Typhoid Fever : i ■< l IS 

11 moathf :uel 17 davn, leaving be- 
hind dim an ftged mother ftn 
oompanion to mourn bis loss, though 

BOt tO IS others which 



at, owing bo the Iftrdinow of bo hope. He died with that fill m> 



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fBuranco of hnin >rt.il bliss. Fu 
: Timothy 1 ; fr The oa 
wm Improved by the brrethren, J«r 
cob Rite an 1 Ufrcd M<> »rc. 

\ to in the samo Church, from :i 

stroke of the PaUY,Octab srthe 21st, 

ELIZABETH IvLNUEBY, 

widow of broth 9r Samuel Kingcry, 

and mot- BHrreT J 

McCartv. 3b i vttm a tnofNer in the 
Chorchj beloved by all who kn w 
1 about 68 vears. Funer- 
■\i 1 Thes. 1 : 13 17. 
Also in the Bftme church, on the 
. our old and much be- 
1 ,red broth ir, MARTIN K.INUE- 
KY : :ilt«"1 90 years and 1<» months. 
He leaves behind him Several 'chil- 
dren ami grand-children to mourn 
his loss. In his last days he 
strike of that borne that i- beyond 
this vale of tears. He was a Fath- 
er in Israel, and had lived a life of 
religion formany years. 

eral services bybrother Jacob 
Kite, from Revelation 14: 18. 

A. Mo >kk. 
Visitor please copy 

In the Lewistomi Congregation, 
(time not given.) brother ISAAC 
HOW. aged 59 years, :'> months, and 
4 davs. He was consistent in the 
course of life, with his Holy Profesion, 
and wc believe has gone to enjoy the 
• that remains for the people of 
God. The eccasion was improved 
from John 5: 2s. -_".>. by the writer. 

• I iREPH It. 11 \NAWU.T. 
Of ohl ago, at the Inusc of his son- 
in-law's ( imoa Shelenbargcr's) in 
Dpppr Miami Church, Miami Co. 
Ohio, Dec. 1 it, our old brother 
CHRISTIAN BLICKENSTAFF ; 
aged 85 years and 15 days. Fu- 
n.'ral diseourse by brethren Jc 
Studebakcr and .Joseph Arnold, from 
1 Cor. 15: L9 29. 

He was a faithful member of the 
Church about 1 _' years. As he was 
conversing with a brother 1 at sly, of 
the frailty of life and ccrtamtainty 
of death, he remarked that his light 
had almost gone out ami he was oiv 
lv a few steps from hi< grave, and 
«ii- willingto makethe happy cha 
from this life to life everlasting bo- 
) yond the grave 



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r llogersvill, 0. Sug 
Church, December - s u>. brother. 
PETE« MOOMA\V;aged 6Q . 

lays. He leaves a widow and , 
five ehildr >urn their loss, all • 

rs of the church. Wc can 
truly say that he was a "father in. 
Israel." He brough up bis children 
in the nurture and admonition ol the 
Lord. He was a faithful mem' 
the Church formany years, and 
whilst we are made to mourn for his 

■ u his eternal gain. 11 
dured much suffering with great pa- 

. and bis trust was in the Lord. 
Funeral services by brother Gabriel 
and John -NeJ and the writer, from 
2nd Timothy 4 : S— 8, — selected by 
the deceit 

J. S. SXYDKB. 



LISTOF MONEY'S received, fur subscrip- 
! to the Companion, since our last. 

For !S6« 

Ogie ill. 1.00 

i Buck Franklin III. 1.00 
Mi-:-. Siv.ili K. Rohrcr Smitkbnrg Md. 1 00 

Miss. Lizzie Flora Rini i do 1.00 

Aaron Frantz, Dialton Ohio 3.00 

.: Shlvely Bayard " 1.00 

John (' Rlchi r Pert End. 1.00 

Jonathan Knits Woo let Ohio i>.00 

David Kingry Albia Iowa -.00 

Moore Metumora III. 3.00 

Simeon .VcLane New Senova Pa. 2.00 

Solon i iklcy ill. 1.50 

John Murray jVarehalltown Iowa 2.00 

Peter Hendricks Brandt Ohio 3.00 
Jacob Senscjnuu SVe«t Cbarliastown O. 3<08 

John fool Virgil III, 1-60 

John Hcrtzler Bethel Pa. 1.00 

Win Voting, Oregon, III. 1 .50 

DL Holsingcr, Waynesboro Fa. 1.00 

Bciii. Price, do 1.00 

I). F. Good do 1.00 

David Rothrdek, Hnzledell 111. 1-00 

Daniel H'olf, Fairplay, Jftl. C.00 

Thos. Welly. ', do 1.00 

Mies Lis! sic Emmort, do 1-00 

Miss. J/ilggle ShaiUcI do 1.00 

Jfiss Kute A. Rck-hard, do 1-00 

l/ise Ellic A. Long do. 1.00 
Mr-. Jnlia Reichard do 

■ uli. Reichard do 1.00 
l/.irv Ellh i: it-hard do 
kii. .1. //KiiiK.MUiF.i: Sharpebnrg afil. l.oo 
Miss. Katie Einmcrt, Flagerstown ATd. 1.00 
Miss Mattie A. Thra i r, Hancock Md. 1.00 
n. 1). [lor hot Jones Mills /'a. 

FJ ick do 

S.nn'l. M. .Miller. Waterloo, [on i 
Daniel Runs, Davton Ohio 

for s. Knns, si. Marys, 111. l.oo 

1). t '. Smnni) l/i . 1". .usiuit, Pa. 1 Bo 

i Henry, Dcrrv Chun 1) Pu. 

Win. I. Stout I- on, Iowa 1.00 

B. a.. Oarh do 1-00 
I., s. Border, Calhoon Iowa 

' Daniel l's.ii, lown, Pa. 

; Joshua I. ' riln Pa. 1*08 

David W, . do 1.00 

! Click Huldnne, 111. 1.87 

C. I. Beam, #emcr \ Roads, Pa. L.M 

Shatter, Slpcravluc, do 
J. K. isb Elkllcfc Pa. 



Btcphco Mi >zj;er, /'em. Ind. 
Henry Mil / do 

■panlel Bow r do 

D.ini.l Mv do 

: 15. Shtvvly, da 
Moses strn|>. da 

l>ani' ! 1'. •" '"■■• lv do 

' .T. M\ rs. Hun 
.1/ iru'-ir-i Ell 'libergci . I - Mb. 

Hannah Shu miakcr, do 

(; i). W na III. 

Ananias Hcnsel^ Ifnrl .-■ I:vl. 

!;iv 1 llcrsbcy (iririivill Ohio 
F.lizabetli Ruse, \'< csl Milton Ohio 
/Aiirv Dwirdorf, Franklin drove 111. 

Brhinuclc, Bi'oocnny, Ind. 
I.- \ i Andes I/meohi. Pa. 
Eld. - ; Pa. 

(; orgf < 1 '. do 

Win. Forjjasoo do 

John Hit . I 

Win. MeloV, do 

Daniel fonrcll, Saiithvillc, Olvo 
Cqtus Hoover, do 

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ll'in. Kefler, E-ttt I'nioii. l'a. 

irvin. Golden Corner, Pa, 
EiAcr Safnnel 2/bbrc, W. Independence 

Ohio 
VMz. Welllianin. Brookville, Ohio 
; ; aas, Bridge-water, V*a. 

./. M'. Prici . Gran De Tour 111. 
!.• vi Lichfy, Soraersel Pa. 
Henry Herizler. HicVeytown I'n. 

m. Thomas, Bi W 

<;. B. Dilllmr, Pittaburg, tnti. 
John I). I)iliiiiL r , liontictllo, In!. 
.Taeoh ('. Kaiillinan, do 
Sam n el Richard, Bnfnvttsville, hid. 
A'l;i',n fouilg, do 

Elizabeth Suinir. Jtoultrie, Ohio, 
IsasU' Heastand) N. Georgetown 
John R. Brnmhaiigh, Union, do 

A. S. Lehman, Frankl 111. 

Jonathan JVitmorc, Fostoria, Ohio, 
F. M. Duncan. Indian Valley. V i. 



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tsnnblished every i uesday. ai %\J&i t year? 
by Henry it. UoUiQger, who is a member oj 
the " Church of the Brethren," spnj> time! 
known by the name of •'German Baptists," <fc 
vulgarly or mitlieioHsly called '•DunktmU* 

Tlic desifrn of (he work i.-s to advocate 
truth expose error, nnrl encourage the true 
Christian on biP way to 7,ion. 

It nssume> that the N'ev Tc-'-aui^nt is the 
will of Oei. and that no One can have the 
promise ot salvation without observing n!l 
ircmrnts : thai among these are I'aiih, 
Hi pent. mee, Prayer, Bnptisfti by irine ini- 
mersion. Feel Washing, lie Loci's Supper, 
the Hol.i Communion', ("liuity. Son-coufor- 
iim'v to the world md a full resignation to 
the vhole will of God as he hits rovenled it 
throu;'h hi.« Son Jesus Christ 

So Bunch of the affairs oftln- world as 

wiil be t'lo'iehl ii'-ce<-:iry lo the proper oh - 
jprvnnei'o 1 ■ I li« liin • -, o- - 

aciv t d t<j llie mora 1 , mnntal, or prlijsiciil 
heneli; ofihe Christian, will be published, 
thus removing all for coming into 

contact with the so v.. lied Literary or i'o- 
titical joRTuala, 

Sabscripiionsmty begin at any time -j 

For fu»iher pii-ticnl irs sen I for a tppci- I 
men numher, enclosing a stanrp. ' I ■ 

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VOLUME n. 



" Whosoever loveth me keopetb my commandments." — Jesus. 

TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, JAN. 23. 18667 



At $1.50 Per Annum. 

Number 3. 



For the Companion. 
M > Karl j- Home. 



BY J. s. <;itt. 



In looking o'er the pictures, 

Treasured up in memory's store ; 
In calling up bright visions, 

Of the happy days of yore, 
Little Incidents of childhood, 

Come directly into view, 
And I am living over 

My childhood's days anew. 
Among these many gems, 

There are some that Pta'nd alone ; 
And the brightest one there pictured, 

Is my own, dear, happy home. 
That loved home, I'll ue'er forget it, 

Wherever I may roam, 
But will ofK-u pause a moment, 

And think a thought of home. 
'.■■ford, Pa. 



\y antagonistic ; yet, must be accept- 
ed as Bible truths. "All scripture 
is given by inspiration of God," and 



Bible truth from the man-point, God- 
ward. The one teaches from cause 
to effect, the other from effect to 



all its teachings must be accepted, cause. The one points from flower 
even though we are unable to under- j to fruit, — the other from fruit to flow- 
stand the connection. There are : er. The one reasons from heaven to 
two points from which Bible truth j earth, the other from earth to heav- 
must be studied in order to a full un- ' en. He, who, from an eminence 



demanding. First, the relation 
which God holds towards his crea- 
tures ; second, the relations which 



looks out on a landscape stretching 
northward, sees one side only : and 
he, who, from another eminence looks 



The Truth aw viewed from differ- 
ent utand points. 

From an ingenious article, I con- 
dense the following essay with such 
alterations and suggestions' as to suit 
the emergency. 

All the raembera of the family of 
Christ should dwell in harmony, and ; truth 



should be willing to take counsel to- 
gether ; because the Savior's prayer 
is, that all who truly believe in him. 
may be one, even as He and the 
Father are one. The oneness of the 
church on earth, as it is one in heav- 
en, is a consummation so desirable 



and 



glorious, that it becomes us in 



these harmonious intervals, to sit and 
reason together;. Whilst thus i 
ged, may God grant us wisdom and 

power to know, to reveal, and to ac- 



ute creature sustains towards his out on the same landscape stretch 

ing southward, sees the other side. 
From opposite stand-points they look 
in opposite directions and observe 
different phases of the same things ; 
and yet both see. Thus the on 
tern of teaching should be endoi sed 
by the other, while the other 9 
must be accepted as teaching addi- 
tional truth. Now then, while we 
attempt to apply the arguments to 
the doctrines of an apparent antag- 
onistic nature, we pray the Lord to 
sanctify us through his truth ; be- 



Creator. The connection existing 
from God to man is that of cause to 
effect, down through the entire ser- 
ies of intermediate links in the great 
chain by which they are united. 

The truth- in this series are de- 
ductive truths ; and the teachings 
embrace theology, in the strictest 
and best sense. The connection from 
man to God is from effect to cause, 
up the long chain of effects and caus 



cs to the ultimate first cause. The 

contained herein are indtic- 



tive truths, and the teachings include cause bjs word IS truth, so that wo 



in easense, all religion. These two 
stand-points give us different phases 
of truth, and present us with Qppo- 
sites in a certain sense, and yet not 
antagonisms. God looks down upon 
Ujfl from His exalted throne ; the ev- 
erlasting arm is r \t' ., lod towards 
us. ai.d it- sustainin_' ji..\s <-r is the 
power of the" Almighty. Man may, 
also, tin-. .ugh Jesus, look up t.. God, 
and through li 



may rightly cou|M|toid his word. 
The first doctrine i-. ular and 

unconditional election. Considering 
the relation of God to man, we be- 
lieve that "it is not '»f him that wil. 

leth, nor of him that runneth, but of 
God that showetb fhe're) ;" and that 
therefore. "H.- bath mercy on whom 
he will have mercy, and whom lie 
will he hardciieth'." This is truth, 
immutable co&pel truth; and hi 



!maMe 1 o t, 't th ',^l''!' it t ^ IM " M,,I V W»trSV»?iXair6mea^ e io 

enabTeui to.m.cken the Approach heaven. If we fail to realize this hemay willof usauddof.r lis <c- 



of that day when the church in 1 
tia] univ shall present that strength 
which is mighty to pulling down the 
Strongholds of Satan. If \>,. ,i; n .,. t 
our tninda heaven ward, setting our 
affections upon things in i,. 
and not upon things on the earth • 



our darkeued .understands sation of the two! 

more fully enlightened by divine 

wisdom, and we are enabled to 

prebend greater trutl ihlinie 

Th< 



accej tations of the truth 
proposed in this essay are 



double nature of our ow n CODjiCCtJ 

and the 1 louble cla 

teaching in a- system of truth eman- 
ating from GoU, « 1 divided 
in opinion ; and hence, indulge ' 
much in strife and bitterness ofspu 

with a full reali conditional. C maiden 
relations which man su 
we m\« rt] ulieve thai 1 

one nui\ erne to ChrUt 



cording to his own goo 1 pleasure, 
for we know he is infinite lew. • 
well as j f infinite ] 

doctrine is, eh 
imply iii the foroknowh 



pi' I ftred to ae 

' both th hiu 



a- • 



tlall\ title. The one (ea< di'llig pr- fi loVed U\C WolUl tb| L 

Bible truth from the fj I 

man-ward ; while the other 1 r jcntl ever bvKvwth on hiu 

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not perish but have eternal life." — 
The argument by which this doctrine 
is sustained u also immutable gospel 
truth ; because from the earth point, 
there is no class elected or set apart 
favored above the rest of man-kind 
>>ith privileges, special influences, 
and anticipated titles to heavenly re- 
wards. The second doctrine is, par- 
ticular redemption, or the limitation 
of the saving effects of Christ's death 
to the elect only. Viewed as to re- 
sults, it is ccrtainlv true that manv 
of the human race have failed of the 
grace of God, and will suffer eternal 
damnation. Yet, knowing that God's 
designs are complete, we are sure 
that the atoning blood of Christ will 
accomplish all for which it was in- 
tended. "This is the Father's will 
which hath sent me, that of all which 
He hath given me, I should lose noth- 
ing, but should raise it up again at 
the last day." The names of many, 
alas, too many, are not found in the 
Lamb's Book of Life ! The opposite 
doctrine is, Christ died for all men, 
and his atonement is sufficient for 
all men. Therefore, when viewed 
in the unfinished relations of man to 
Deity, eternal life is freely, fully, 
and honestly offered to all men. — 
"Let whosoever will, come unto me 
and take of t hg_wa ter of life freely." 
In this fountain there is a full sup- 
ply, — ay, a full supply for all this 
fallen race of ours. As shoreless 
and fathomless as his love, so is the 
merit of his redemption, — boundless,' 
infinite ! ! how glorious the mis- 
sion of our Savior to earth ! Thro' 
his sufferings, salvation is offered to 
all men ; through his death wc may 
obtain eternal life ! We are like- 
wise justified in him by faith, and 
through him we are assured of a free 
pardon and a full welcome to our 
heavenly home. 

The third doctrine is, total deprav- 
ity and total moral inability of man 
as a fallen creature, and the irresis- 
tability of divine grace. Viewed 
from the position of God as the one 
who ordains, controls and directs 
all tilings in the universe, the Au- 
thor of La«, it is certain that tin- 
human will is as thoroughly directed 
and governed as any other attribute 
of his nature, or a? any event in the 



civil and physical world. To believe 
otherwise, involves the assertion that 
God has intentionally introduced an 
uncontrolled element ; and one which 
may not only bring discord, but may 
ultimately work the destruction of the 
system. Man, by his fall into a state 
of sin, hath wholly lost all ability of 
will to any spiritual good accompa- 
nying salvation. God directs the 
will, and stimulates the desires of 
men, to love and obey him. No 
man can come unto the Savior ex- 
cept the Father draw him ; and the 
natural man receiveth not the things 
of the spirit of God ; so that we are 
saved by grace alone ; and it is God 
only which worketh in us both to 
will and to do of his good pleasure. 

The opposite doctrine is, every in- 
dividual is invited to partake of his 
grace. We rejoice to hear the com- 
mand, "Work out your own salva- 
tion." Thia is a command address- 
ed by the God who is love, not to 
the dead but to the living ; — dead 
indeed in sin, yet alive to responsi- 
bility for our acts ; and conscious of 
freedom, which alone can accompa- 
ny responsibility. The teachings of 
scripture are that God directs and 
governs all things, and also that man 
is a free agent, and, as a conse- 
quence of this freedom, is a respon- 
sible agent to his Author. How 
these doctrines can both exist at the 
same time, wc are not able fully to 
realize ; but when God speaks let 
man keep silence. God's sovereign- 
ty and man's free agency are co-ex- 
istent, and therefore (the argument 
is God's assertion) they cannot be 
incompatible. Divine grace is offer- 
ed to make the will comply with the 
invitation of <nercy ; but this grace 
may be resisted and rendered inef- 
fectual by the sinner's perversity. 

The fourth doctrine is, the final 
persevcr;ince of the saints, and the 
opposite, the y may fall from the state 
of grace in which they are placed by 
the operations of the Holy Spirit. — 
God assures us that all his acts are 
sure ; and therfore the final persever- 
ance of the saints is absolutely guar- 
anteed. Our Savior says: "I give 
unto you eternal life, and you shall 
never perish ; and neither shall any 
pluck you out of my hand." The 



work of the spirit, if once begun in 
our hearts to salvation, will be car- 
ried on until it is perfected. And 
yet it becomes us to consider that in 
looking from man to God, — from 
earth, with all its trials and tempta- 
tions, to heaven, there is real dan- 
ger that we may fall away, and final- 
ly fail of the grace of God. 

We rejoice in the full assurance,- 

"Thc soul that to Jesus lias fled for repose, 

I will not. I cannot desert to his foes. 

That soul though all hell should endeavor to 

shake, 
I'll never, — no never, — no, never forsake." 

And yet with this assurance, let 
us offer continually and earnestly the 
prayer : 

"Jesus, lover of my soul ! 

Let me to thy bosom fly, 
While the billows near me roll, 

While the tempest still is high : 
Hide me. O my Savior! hide, 

Till the storm of life be past ! 
Safe into the haven guide ; 

O ! receive my soul at last." 

S. B. FURRY. 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

For tht Companion. 
In regard to a chance of ij«irm 
in holding (he Annual Confer- 
ence. 

The point in question is a new 
system to keep up the old order of 
the brethren. In as much as the 
system adopted many years ago has 
been amended, circumstances seem 
to require another change in order 
to have business properly transacted; 
and in order to make the change ef- 
fectual we must have a system to go 
by, and as it is desired by the com- 
mittee chosen to adopt a plan to hear 
from others, I shall make a proposi- 
tion for consideration. 

In the first place be it remember- 
ed that a sending by the church, is 
connected with all church business, 
according to the Gospel, and on that 
I shall base my proposition. 

First. I would say, adopt the dis- 
trict Conference in every State ; 
make it binding upon every Elder 
ofeverv organized sub-district to call 
a counsel meeting, prior to his Dis- 
trict-Conference ; and should he suc- 
ceed with his church in settling all 
difficulties that may arise in his 
branch, well an.l jjood ; but in case 
a difficulty should arise that would 
demand further counsel, let him in 
the first place, with the consent of , 



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his branch, call upon the elders of 
other branches, — impartial men — to 
assist in the case. 

Should the case demand still fur- 
ther counsel, let them shape it into 
a query, and send competent men of 
the Brethren with it to the District 
Conference, all by the consent of his 
church. Should the case be of so 
serious a nature as to require the ad- 
vice of the Annual Conference, or 
Headquarters, where all the States 
and Districts, and sub-districts will 
be represented, by chief-men among 
the brethren, then let all parties a- 
bide by the decision of the said An- 
nual Council, until reconsidered and 
changed by the same body. 

In the first difficulty in the church 
of Christ, that we have an account 
of, that demanded the decision of 
Headquarters, Paul and Barnabas, 
and certain others, no doubt chief 
men among the brethren, were sent 
to Jerusalem. Such men should be 
chosen and sent. And after a prop- 
er consideration and consultation be- 
fore the Apostles and Elders, "it 
seemed good unto us, being assem- 
bled with one accord, to send chos- 
en men with our beloved brother 
Barnabas and Paul, men that had 
hazarded their lives for the name of 
our Lord Jesus Christ." This would 
represent men that support the cause 
at any expense, & not neglect theii 
church matters, and first attend to 
seeing the country, visiting friends 
and such like things. Because they 
are going there they are chosen ; we 
might as well, when we wish to hold 
an election for a speaker, ask, "who 
wants to preach V The sending 
should be seriously considered and 
should be done by a vote and not by 
nomination. They should be regu- 
larly elected. 

But a query may trite here, who 
are the Apostles and Elders no* '.' 
fTs have a great many Khlers ii, the 
church, and established elders, whose 
luty and charge demand ;l oOfttern 



for the whole brotherhood. 

I would not wish to debt* 
those from attending the A mm 

al Council unless they are not .mi, 
sidcred competent by their §*■ dis- 
trict. It' that should he the case 
) u let another his bishopric take," 



by being sent in his place. Any 
one properly chosen and sent will 
have an equal authority with the es- 
tablished Elder, in doing business at 
the Annual Conference. Commis- 
sioned or uncommissioned, we ex- 
pect men that are sent by a district 
delegation to be "chief men among 
the brethren, — men that would "first 
seek the kingdom of God and its 
righteousness?' 

Now for the next query : Where 
are the Apostles ? Those that Christ 
had personally chosen are all dead 
and so are all the preachers that he 
had chosen. Now I think upon the 
same ground that the Church elects 
preachers and elders, so we might 
make another grade, and if the church 
would see fit to adopt my plan we 
would have it. 

After being organized into Dis- 
tricts my proposal would be to have 
two men chosen by the District, 
"chief men among the brethren," 
whose duty it should be to visit eve- 1 
ry branch of their District, to streng- j 
then the brethren, urge them to their 
duty, organize churches, preach to ' 
the people, and report to their Dis- 
trict Conference, and also be pres- 
ent at the Annual Meeting. Now 
you may call these brethren Apos- 
tles, or Evangelists, or Elders, if you 
choose, — I would call them "chief 
men among the brethren." This is 
something the brethren did not need 
at first ; but by experience I have 
found that, at least in Pennsylvania, 
some organized branches are go- 
ing backward just for want of such 
men to visit them, and set things in 
order. 

In regard to the number of dele- 
gates to the District Conference, I 
would propose that any branch un- 
der 100 delegates send one dele- 
gate ; 100 members two delegates, 
and so on ; one delegate to everv fif- 
ty members, it would be improper 
for a branch of 40 member- V< have 

as much t<> say as one of 400 mem- 
ben. And then in proportion to the 
number of delegates preeenl at the 

District Meeting, DSjOOSS aud send 

delegates to the Annual meeting. 
where the Elders ami Apostles meet. 
All serious questions will have to be 
sent there for confirmation or a- 




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mendment. Local matters can al- 
ways be settled best nearest home. 
I would also propose that the dist- 
rict Conference keep a record of its 
proceedings in a church book for 
reference. The beauty of his plan 
is, that every brother and sister has 
a voice in all matters, and of course 
each one will teel his responsibility 
for his share in supporting the cause. 
We all want to get to heaven, so we 
should all have the mind of Christ, 
and that is, that all men may be sa- 
ved. For this our dear Savior gave 
his life. 

I am sorry to say that the breth- 
ren in some places must lay a tax 
upon their members in order to get 
the necessary funds ; — not that I 
think it wrong for the Church to do 
so, but I think it would look better 
if every one would tax himself with 
his share according to his abilities. 
1 think if we all had the mind of 
Christ we would do so, and Paul 
j 8ay8, " he that lias not the mind of 
' Christ is none of his." 

Now this plan of sending and tax- 
ing will answer every purpose in 
supporting ministers. ' The preacher 
would have to bear his share though 
he has to do all the preaching. But 
not unless he be sent. Paul says: 
" How can they preach except thev 
be sent ?" The term "paving prea- 
chers" is not evangelical", but sup- 
1-orting ministers is agreeable to 
truth, love, and good reason. Rea- 
son would also teach us that when 
we send men to torch the nations, 
or the churches, (it is all the same) 
we should also equip them with the 
necessary means to travel, S8 that 
they would have only their share of 
the expenses to War. 

I will dose my remarks now, or 
my article will become tx> length v, 
by saying to my brethren and sisters 
in the Lord, do ii"t neghct \ our du- 
ty in s.ndmg men fur the good of 
the Church and the people Ifaj 

God Lb-- every meant ef spreading 

the true Gospel, that many SmS 

may be bronght from darkness (•■ 

light, and from the powers of satan 
to (Jod. 

GRABILL MYEKs. 
ffl I> rede, J\i. 



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j neaping up 



/'..r thr Companion* 
Rf( UoiiIiik m il li I lit- > i-ur. 

If n melancholy to reckon with 
the departed year; to trace hack 
oariotd threads of affection 
ftoroagfa its many changes. To tram* 
her th^ nutting objects of inter 
the dead and the neglected. To 
sum up the broken resolutions, the 
deferred hopes, the' 'dissolved phan- 
tems of anticipation, and the many 

wanderings, from the leading star of 

... 
duty. This id indeed a melancholy 

task, hut withal a profitable, and it 
may sometimes he, a pleasant and a 
soothing one. 

It is wonderful in what short cour- 
ses the objects of this world move. 
A 3'ear. ■ brief year, is full of things 
dwindled, and finished, and forgot- 
ten. Nothing goes evenly on; few 
things in the running calendar of the 
year that has departed, have kept 
their places and their magnitude. — 
There is nothing constant. Tho 
link- of life are forever breaking; 
but we rush on still. Many of our 
fellow creatures just as good U we 
are by nature, and far better by 
practice, started in with us at the 
beginning of the year, are with us 
no more. How solemn it is ! Where 
arc thev now '{ They are trying , 
the realities of another world ; While Tyrone City, Pa., Jan 23rd, 1866. 

we are still spared as the amazing 



as carelessly as ever, 

treasures and expecting long life to 
enjoy those treasures. While Grod is 
saying to many, not this year, but 
this month, this day, this very hour 
thou must die. 

Such arc the changes of one short 
year. Is my reader now stretching 
e\ery nerve and exerting every pow- 
er to do something] to be something. 
I would say to you, do not cease 
your efforts, but pause a moment- 
be dilligent, beware. Disappoint- 
ment is the common lot of man. Arc 
you now happy amidst a joyous cir- 
cle of friend- ''. That circle will be 
broken ; its brightest ornaments will 
die. Are parent- and children now 
depending on life, and looking on- 
ward to scenes of pleasure and gain. 
Stop and prepare. You are travel- 
ing, 'tis true, but your path will lead 
you to the tomb ; your sands of life 
are running out, and though you are 
to-day numbered with the tiring, 
this year friends may gather round 
your bed, and the kit farewell may 
falter on vour tongue. 

J. W. MOATS. 



LOCAL MATTERS 



objects of God's love ; and what has 
he spared us for ? Perhaps for a 
better preparation to mjet him in 
peace. I know not how others may 
feel but to me it is a season of re- 
flection. Accident, misery, and 
death have been about us in their 
invisible .shapes, and while one is 
tortured with pain, and another re- 
duced to wretchedness, and another 
buried in the grave beside us, we 
knpw not how, or why we an 
living and prosperous. It is next to 
a miracle that we are so. We have 
bei d "ii the edge, oi chasms qoptuv 
ually. Our feet have tottered, our 
ii- have been grazed by the 
thick shafts of disease, and 1 doubt 
not could wc have seen tin dangers 
we have passed through we would 
have been dumb with fear, yet the 

oi to be 

e varia- 

They rusn on as heedlessly, 



thave been dumb with iear. 
great ma-- of people seem n 
affected by any or^all of th 
tions. They rusn on as he 

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Our System. — Some of our patr 
roils say, "I had hoped you would 
continue to send the paper, as I had 
intended to take it." We would 
have them know that a christian 
companion does not intrude upon 
any one. We wish to be invited in- 
to the society of those who desire our 
company. If you are not prepared 
to snidiH our ''traveling expanses 
in advance, we will trust you, if you 
will give lis vour word that jrou will 
make it all tight afterward. Or if 
you have been unfortunate, and can 
not pay our way, we at least expect 
an invitation, and an assurance that 
wo will be made welcome, fbrwe are 
too modest to visit you at our own 
expense, uninvited. We dreadftuoh 
irords as, "Well you have been 
coming on, and 1 expect I will have 



to pay you." It gives us unpleas- 
ant feelings. Therefore we have 
thought it best to wait for an invita- 
tion, and then we are rare that we 
will he wclcomr, which will be no 
small incentive on our jourm-v. 

Lightning Rods. 

We have already permitted our 
contributors to express their senti- 
ments upon this subject. We do 
not call it a question, not believing 
that any existd. We have several 
articles still on hand, referring to 
the matter, but we shall admit no 
more unless they are either based 
upon Scripture or good reason. 
i No man who believes in the Al- 
mighty — the God whom Daniel, and 
ail the holy patriarchs worshipped — 
will for a moment deny that He 
holds in his hands the element of e- 
lectricity (Lightning) ; ' or that he 
can at his own pleasure shield from 
its power any object that he wills. 
We believe it is the same with -the 
wind and the rain, snow and frost.— 
Yet why do we never hear those 
who ohjeet to lightning rods com- 
plain also of the precaution taken 
against the other elements ? Why 
not object to strong houses, thick 
walls, and close rooves ? Is light- 
ning the only element under the con- 
trol of the Almighty '.' Or do those 
brethren fear that the power of the 
Lord is unable to protect them from 
the ravages of rain, hail, storm, 
snow or frost? We confess, with 
regret, t hut their conduct implies a 
doubt. 

We request all who have any scru- 
ples upon this matter, to give it a 
little closer investigation. Exam- 
ine closelv, and learn positively up- 
on what your conscience is based ; 
whether upon the word of God, or 
from inferences drawn from unwise 
theories. We would as soon ask a 
brother to remove the roof from his 



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bouse, or the pla&terings from his 
walls, as to request him to take down 
the rods from Ins blinding. 

Now dp hot accuse us for disbe- 
lieving, for from (he same motive 
that you protect yourselves from 
storms, we protect ourselves from 
electricity. And until you trust to 
the Lord fur protection from storm, 
you cannot consistently ask us to 
trust linn for protection from Lighten- 
ing. 

Baptismal Regeneration.— 

Friend <i. W. English has sent us a 
reply to brotlier Gibs >n which we ex- 
pect to publish. 

The An. Meeting. — We have 
still several items upon this question, 

which we hope to be able to con- 
dense and insert next week. All ap- 
pear to be laboring for the allevia- 
tion of the pecuniary burden, while 
the essential point seems to be for- 
gotten. 



istancc, it has already found its way ved on the 2$ of November, and 
into most of the states in the union, had meeting in the evening of 
California not ex^pted. the 29th at Dcardorff's school-house. 
The first year of its continuance, On the 80th we had mectiii" at the 
as far as I have learned, with a few Rock River Meeting-house, where 
exceptions in our church, it gave the last Annual Meeting was held: 
satisfaction. It is not an easy mat- also at night and next day j and at 
ter to please all. There are always night meeting at Franklin. On the 
some of a grudging disposition. \\'e 2nd at Buelrs Sehwol-hpuse ; and on 
should bear in mind that the best of the 8rd, dav aid evening again at 
men will make mistakes, and the ed- Hock Hirer. On the 4th visited a 
itor of this paper should be no ex- sick sister, Bdmaitt fe in the even- 
ception. It should not be said that ing had meeting at 1'inc Creek m. 
he must be infallible to discharge h. On the 6th, meeting at same 
the arduous duties of his profession, place, and also on the 6th and at 
The <\,mj>union is an excellent me- night at Salem. On. the 7th two 
diumfor the communication of church meetings at Salem, and also on the 
I correspondence and facilitates that evening of the Sth. On the *.'th at 
business on account of its being a , Centre School-house, dav and ei en- 
weekly. It not unfrcpiently hap- ing. On the loth to West Branch 
pens that announcements of Love- , where we met with our brother and 
feasts, District Council Meetings, acquaintance, Samuel < iarber. Had 
\'\, arc to be made in haste. The meeting and a funeral. After meei- 
(' nqanion is now the proper medi- ing two were baptised. On the 11th 
| um ; and in one week at its bidding evening meeting at same place : 12th 
the desired information can be had, meeting again at Bame place, after 
and thus spread as it were in every which the ice was cur open and four 



branch of the church. 



baptised ; two of the lambs were. 



If the person who desire? us to 
furnish him with the addresses of 
sundry persons in Iowa, and 111., and 
also with No. 41 of the Companion, 
will furnish us with his own name and 
address, and inform us for what pur- 
4 pose he wants the addresses oftho4e 
brethren, he may receive satisfac- 
tion. 

Voting. We have an article 
from brother Thomas, of Philadel- 
phia, and one from brother Smith, 
of Indiana, on this subject, fol which 
We Bfcpect to find room shortly. 

/■•n the < bmpanion' 

'- Tll«'< OIM|tUlliOH." 

The Chrittian Family Com) i 

has again aet sail on the ocean of 
time tor another \ear. The first 
No. for volume second i- on our ta 
ble, and contain- as usual ren in 
<<s foresting and edifying matter. We 

-a 1 think it cannot fail 01 accomplishing 
fj much good in its weekly \ i "it - around 



» Free correspondence among the brother G arbor's children ; also mee- 

different churches concerning their ting at night. On the loth we eel 
prosperity in /ion. &c.,is something out for l la.auce, low a, the weather 
that may at times be of great conso- being so cold on our way to llaldane 
lation to the sojourner in a strange station our ears were frozen. While 
land, when be can now and then passing along op the ears and eon- 
hear from his fellow pilgrims through versing with the passengers, one of 
the medium of the press. In this them asked us to let him see our re« 
way we can a- it were converse to- voiver. Accordingly, we drew oi.t 

gether of our Spiritual state, as we the good old sword, "the New Te>ta- 

jourhey through this benighted world, men*, and handed it over. u 0,"he 

Is to the size of the paper 1 will said, '* I have often seen that sort." 

be satisfied with any way that We arrived at ( larancc in the 

seems best. J'.ut if the question eveeingofthe same day. On the 

had been put to rne for decision, 1 14th wo arrived with our uncle. A. 

would have said, enlarge it. Yet 1 P. Uolton, wh,.m we had not Been 

am very well satisfied with its prea- (or 20 war-. l.">th visited our aunt, 

ent >ize, audit ma;, do much good if Elizabeth Bolton, whom we had not 

filled with solid, wholesome read- scon for 17 years, and in the even- 



ing. 



w. g. scrrao< K 



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ing -poke to a small congregation 
at \ irgipia Groi e. Them 
in Ilenr) Bolton's, and aunt Sarah 
Bolton's. }6 had evening meeting 

at a school hou>c ; the uou C was 

rc crowded and the people paid good at- 

l»ori. tcntion. 1 , tb meeting 

i Laport we went to Btocl place; 18th evening meeting at Bur 
town when- we had meeting; from Oak s, h. ; thence to aunt Margaret , 
thence to Summit School house, to Bolton's ; 19th to cousin George For 

night meeting. We then made our ne 



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oiion s ; i-.'in to cousn i 

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portj tluiMo to Pond Crook, 111.; 
thence t.> Quincy, \shorc we walked 
rosfl tho j;raml Mississippi on the 
ice. 

To be continued. 

P. R. WRHJHTSMAAN. 
SAM'L MOLSBEE. 

BrUher llohiiujcr. please publish 
the following extract of a letter from 
a brother, (an Elder) whose name 1 
Buppresd tor tho present, fox pruden- 
tial reason^. 

K.X TRACT. 

'•Wo hnvo been passing through a 
trying time during the past four 
year*. We have suffered a great 
deal in the loss of property, and this 
world's goods. But the Lord has 
spared our unprofitable lives for a 
purpose host known to himself, for 
which we fool grateful ; --- We have 
lost all our horses and cattle, wheat, 
corn, oats, hacon, clothes, and hod- 
clothing, and all the rebels could take 
off with them. They left me without 
a horse to my name, and without an 
axe to cut a stick of wood to make a 
fire with last winter ; they took all 
my cattle but two cows, and two 
hogs ; ton bushels of wheat, five of 
corn, and a little oats, and then they 
came one night, took me out of bed 
to a tree to hang me, threatening to 
shoot my heart out unless I would 
give them #500 ; but I had only $5, 
which they took from me and let me 
go; but thanks be to God their time 
is ended. 

But I am bad off in the way of 
fanning my land to make a living, 
for the want of horses, or the money 
to gel them. Horses are scarce and 
high in price in this country. I will 
say to you if there arc any brethren 
in your part of the country who are 
well off in this world's goods, would 
be B0 kind as to do me the favor to 
tend me a few hundred dollars, so 
that I could get one or two horses, 
and wait two or three years till I 
could make it up to pay them hack 
Again. It would give me much re- 
lief at present. I do not want any 
tiling lor nothing, and I do not want 
tin brethren to do that unless they 
are willing for so to do. Perhaps 
the brethren have suffered there too, 



lint it was my lot to be in the worst 
place in rebeldom, to be robbed of 
all our property. But we are thank- 
ful it is no worse with us than it is." 
l>ear brethren and readers of the 
CoThvanion; the above letter speaks 
for itself. Therein is portrayed the 
sufferings of one of the Lord's anoin- 
ted. Read again, and again the 
condition of this suffering Elder, and 
then think it not strange when I ap- 
peal to your sympathy and christian 
philanthropy to raise the necessary 
means to relieve this dear brother 
and Elder. Either by the brethren 
giving by way of a loan, or better 
still, a gift. Anything the dear 
brethren or sisters, or churches, may 
be moved by the Holy Ghost to give 
him, and consign it to me, I will for- 
ward to him. I will here say, that 
when the voice reached the loyal 
christian hearts of the brethren that 
some of our members were in want 
in the South, they responded with a 
liberality becoming true Christianity. 
But dear brethren your former con- 




tributions were not applied to the , 

purpose of buying a horse or two to] Holhnger of Adams Co., Pa,, came 



enable them to till their lands, &c, 
but to relieve the pressing and im- 
mediate wants of the needy widows 
and orphans, &c. Now I propose 
through your christian sympathy, to 
raise several hundred dollars, either 
by gift or loan, to assist our dear 
Elder brother. Brethren let us 
place ourselves in his stead, and I 
think we will all feel like aiding the 
suffering brother a little, and what 
we intend to do ought to be done at 
once, that the brother could attend 
to spring plowing, &c, &c. 

1 withhold the brothers name only 
for fear this notice rqAit fall into 
the hands of his rebel robbers, and 
they might yet shoot his loyal heart 
out. Any one wishing to know his 
name and address, I will give it 
cheerfully. 

With many prayers for the happi- 
ness of the brethren, and prosperity 
of Zion, 1 remain your brother and 
co-laborer in Christ Jesus, the Lord. 
D. P. SAYLER. 

Double Pipe Creek, Md. 



Remarks. — As there are no 
doubt many other cases similar to 



the one above referred to, we would 
advise the brethren to take the bro- 
ther at bis own offer, viz: loan him 
several hundred dollars. Let some 
one brother furnish him with this a- 
mount,— -and we have plenty of bre- 
thren who could do so, — and give 
him time to pay it. This would no 
doubt be most satisfactory to the 
brother himself, as we would infer 
from his letter. Other brethren in 
similar circumstances might be ma- 
terially aided in the same way. We 
have no money but what we expect 
to use shortly or we would surely 
lend it to our dear brethren, unless 
it be true that money chanyet the 
heart. — Ed. 

Elder John Zug, Shafferstown, 
Lebanon Co., Pa., writes us in Ger- 
man, from which we translate the 
following : "Elder Andrew Deardorf, 
of Lee Co., 111., and brother Daniel 



to us on the 3rd instant and on the 
morning of the 8th left for Chester 
and Montgomery counties, and Phil- 
adelphia, and thence to the State of 
New Jersey. On the 4th they prea- 
ched the word in my house to many 
hearers, with great earnestness and 
made a good impression upon all. — 
We were much pleased that our dear 
old brother Andrew Deardorff could 
once visit us, especially was it a 
source of satisfaction to our family 
as our son Israel is a member in the 
family of Christ, under his care in 
the far West, and that he could, 
through the mercies of God, preach 
to us at our own house, where we 
hare held meeting from time to time 
for near 40 years. The Lord will 
bless him for his labor of love, and 
grant us both wisdom, strength, and 
grace, that we may be wise and use- 
ful housekeepers in the family of the 
Lord. Amen." 



Brother E. W. Miller, Yellow 
Creek, Stephenson Co., 111., says: 

"On the 21st of December I left 
my home for the purpose of visiting 
the churches in Washington and Ke- 



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okuk counties, Iowa. On the 23rd chased cheap, compared 
I arrived at Elder Daniel Ritten- 1 price of land East, and 
house' in Washingtun Co., where I 
met Elder David Brewer and others 
of Keokuk Co., the brethren having 
met that day in council, and divided 
the large congregation known as the 
English River branch, into two, call- 
ing one Crooked Creek branch, of 
which Elder David Rittenhouse is 
the housekeeper; and the other re- 
taining the old name, and Elders 
David and Jacob Browcr its house- 
keepers. I attended two meetings 
in the neighborhood of brother Rit- 
tenhouse, and then accompanied 
brother Brower to Keokuk Co., on 
Sunday evening, 24th. Attended 8 
meetings in that neighborhood, and 
had full houses, and the best order I 
ever saw among the young people. 
Brethren and sisters, and all, seem- 
ed to take an interest in the meet- 
ings. The brethren of this place 
appear to be in a healthy condition, 
15 having been added to the church 
the past summer by baptism, and ma- 
ny by letter. I delivered 
discourse on the last night of the 
year. May the Lord bless the at- 
tentive young people who were pres- 
ent. 

On New year I started for home 
where I arrived on Wednesday, and 
found my own health and that 
of in y little daughter, who was 
unwell when I left home, much im- 
proved. Thank the Lord for his 
mercies." 



to come in contact with the horse, ( t 
which took fright and ran away, up- 
setting the buggy and throwing its 



with the 

portions 
north of us. This country, like oth- 
ers, has its advantages, and also 
disadvantages. The soil is not gen- 
erally of that black and rich appear- ly. They were 
ance found in the central and North- cared for by a 
ern portions of our state ; but my 
experience as a farmer for the last 
ten years (or nearly so) has convinc- 
ed that it is very rich in products of 
the following kinds ; Wheat, Rye, 
Com, and sometimes Oats. 

Any one wishing to learn the su- 
perior quality our Wheat possesses, evening of February loth 
will please examine the 






New York 

flour markets, and he will find the 

St. Louis flour ranks among the best 

brands in that market, and a large 

portion of Wheat raised at Bond Co. 

and vicinity is ground at St. Louis. 

As to the fruit crop I need not say 

much. Suffice it to say any one 

having ten acres of orchard of "ood 
© © 

winter fruit has a good fortune al- 
ready. We have a crop of peaches 
every 2nd or 3rd year and gripes 
my last ! and many kinds of small fruit in a- 
bundance. Any one wishing partic- 
ulars will cheerfully receive the same 
by addressing me bv private letter. 
JONATHAN KESSLER. 
Pleasant Mound, 111. 



Brother Daniel Thomas, Rocking- 
ham Co., Va., says: — ''The calls in 
our state are so numerous for the 
brethren to come and preach that I 

-n , 7i- *Ti n7"i t* . nave traveled 12 hundred miles on 

Brother Hiram H. rolck, Botany, . . , . ,. _ , , 

Shelby Co., Iowa, says:-" We do l ' oree - ba «* 8ince the fi ^ * f Septet 
not like to do without the "Compan- j *>er, and many calls still not filled, 
ion," even if the price were three Slavery being done away, a new field 
dollars. We are in a new place, bai 1 een opened for the brethren to 
and it does us a great deal of good. £ r9HC h,in mmij places where the 
T he brethren often remind ua of a . . . /. r . , 

great many things that are f or our | doctrine was not known ; and the po- 

good, and it does not wound our feel- " Slt,,,n thc . v occupy has convinced 
ings when we are reproved. May many that they are right." 
the Lord 1il1j> you in your labor." 



ft 



Brother Hobinyer :- I would like 
to speak a few words through the 
medium of your paper, to thu breth- 
ren and others wishing to fited a 

home in the West. I think that 

, Bond *'"., and vicinity is worthy of 
2?s vour attention, as farms may bo pur- 



»fs 



L ', Bone 



trt-idf nl. 

U brother Joseph R. Kanawart 
and daughter war* on their wai to 
meeting yesterday. (14th) thej met 
with ;i sad accident, the partieiilan 

01* which are about as follows: On 
going down i steep hill the holding 
back strap broke, leaving the buggj 



a 



occupants out, injuring them both se- 
verely, but we hope not dangerous- 
taken in and 
neighbor who 
saw the affair. 

B. J. SWIGART. 
McVeytown, Pa. 

FropoMed vlffit bj CJ. 9f j era. 

To Sandy Church, Ohio; expect 
to arrive at Bayard station on the 



Back No8.--We can furnish a 
hundred or more new subscribers 
with back Nos. of this volume. Our 
motto will be first come, first served, 
Should any of our patrons have fail- 
ed to get the first two numbers thev 
will oblige us by informing us of tin- 
fact as soon as possible. And should 
any have been doubly served, we 
will take it as a favor if they will re- 
turn us the extra Nos., or get us new- 
subs, to take them. 

"Refused." We have had two 
copies of our paper returned, marked 
as above, one from Me Yey town, Pa., 

and the other from Goshen. Ind.. 
both of whom were entitled to the 
paper, the one at Goshen to 18 Nos. 
and the other to 3. No paper need 
be returned, as we will stop it as 
soon as the time subscribed for ha* 
expired, unless renewed. 

I HI I OH S llltltl. • 

Friday, «£/». \lth. Having found 
it necessary to discharge one of 

our workmen, and in consequence 
have decided not to issue a paper 
in \! week, we ha\c a little tune tor 
reflection. We have conclude! tint 
it will be hetter tor us and i ur (nit- 
rons to drop a WOek, and then meet 

them at their respective p"s( , <y>, , B 
than to drag on and perhaps iiaap 
point them for several months. V- 
soon as we can get an extra hand for 
a shorl time wc shall make up the 
lost No. ly issuing k double sheet. 



£teSm 



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CHRISTIAN FAMILY COMPANION. 



| port} theme to Pond Crock, 111.; 
thence t" Quinoy, where we walked 
across the grand Mississippi on the 
ice. 

7' be continued. 

P. R. WUIGHTSMAAN. 
SAM'L MOLSBER 

Brother llohiiuh r. please publish 
the following extract of a letter from 

a brother, (an Elder) whose name I 

suppress fat the present, for pruden- 
tial reasons. 

Extract. 

"We have been passing through a 
trying time during the past four 
</eaN. We have Buffered a great 
deal in the loss of property, and this 
world's goods. Hut the Lord has 
spared our unprofitable lives for a 
purpose best known to himself, for 
which we feel grateful ; — AN e have 
lost all our horses and cattle, wheat, 
corn, oats, bacon, clothes, and bed- 
clothing, and all the rebels could take 
off with them. They left me without 
a horse to my name, and without an 
axe to cut a stick of wood to make a 
ire with last winter; they took all 
my cattle but two cows, and two 
h igfl j ten bushels of wheat, five of 
corn, and a little oats, and then they 
came one night, took me out of bed 
to a tree to hang me, threatening to 
shoot my heart out unless I would 
give them $600 ; but I had only $5, 
which they took from me and let me 
go ; but thanks be to God their time 
is ended. 

But! am bad off in the way of 
farming my land to make a living. 
for the want of horses, or the [honey 
to get tli'-m. Horses are scarce and 
hign in price in this country. I will 
Bay to yon it' there are any brethren 
in your part of the country who are 
well <>ffin this world's goods, would 
be so kiml as to do me the favor to 
lend me a few hundred dollars, so 
that 1 could gel one or two horses, 
and wait two <t three years till I 
Could make it up to pay them back 
a^ain. It would give me much re- 
lief at present. I do not want any 
thing for nothing, and I do not want 
the brethren to do that unless they 
are willing for so to do. Perhaps 
the brethren have suffered there too, 



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but it was my lot to be in the worst 
place in rebeldom, to be robbed of 
all our property. But we are thank- 
ful it is no worse with us than it is." 

Dear brethren and readers of the 
CoTftpanion ; the above letter speaks 
for itself. Therein is portrayed the 
sufferings of one of the Lord's anoin- 
ted. Read again, and again the 
condition of this suffering Elder, and 
then think it not strange when I ap- 
peal to your sympathy and christian 
philanthropy to raise the necessary 
means to relieve this dear brother 
and Elder. Either by the brethren 
giving by way of a loan, or better 
still, a gift. Anything the dear 
brethren or sisters, or churches, may 
be moved by the Holy Ghost to give 
him, and consign it to me, I will for- 
ward to him. I will here say, that j j f 
when the voice reached the loyal 
christian hearts of the brethren that 
some of our members were in want 
in the South, they responded with a 
liberality becoming true Christianity. 
But dear brethren your former con- 
tributions were not applied to the 
purpose of buying a horse or two to 
enable them to till their lands, &c, 
but to relieve the pressing and im- 
mediate wants of the needy widows 
and orphans, &c. Now I propose 
through your christian sympathy, to 
raise several hundred dollars, either 
by gift or loan, to assist our dear 
Elder brother. Brethren let us 
place ourselves in his stead, and I 
think we will all feel like aiding the 
suffering brother a little, and what 
we intend to do ought to be done at 
on* e. that the brother could attend 
to spring plowing, &c, &c. 

1 withhold the brothers name only 
for fear this notice njAit fall into 
the hands of his rebel robbers, and 
they might yet shoot his loyal heart 
out. Any one wishing to know his 
name and address, I will give it 
cheerfully. 

With many prayers for the happi- 
ness of the brethren, and prosperity 
of Zion, I remain vour brother and 
co-laborer in Christ Jesus, the Lord. 
D. P. SAYLER. 

Double Pipe Creek, Md. 




the one above referred to, we would 
advise the brethren to take the bro- 
ther at his own offer, viz: loan him 
several hundred dollars. Let some 
one brother furnish him with this a- 
mount,— and we have plenty of bre- 
thren who could do so, — and give 
him time to pay it. This would no 
doubt be most satisfactory to the 
brother himself, as we would infer 
from his letter. Other brethren in 
similar circumstances might be ma- 
terially aided in the same way. We 
have no money but what we expect 
to use shortly or we would surely 
lend it to our dear brethren, unless 
it be true that money chanyet the 
Ed. 



Remarks. — As there arc no 
doubt many other cases similar to 



Elder John Zug, Shafferstown, 
Lebanon Co., Pa., writes us in Ger- 
man, from which we translate the 
following : "Elder Andrew Deardorf, 
of Lee Co., 111., and brother Daniel 
Hollinger of Adams Co., Pa,, came 
to us on the 3rd instant and on the 
morning of the 8th left for Chester 
and Montgomery counties, and Phil- 
adelphia, and thence to the State of 
New Jersey. On the 4th they prea- 
ched the word in my house to many 
hearers, with great earnestness and 
made a good impression upon all. — 
We were much pleased that our dear 
old brother Andrew Deardorff could 
once visit us, especially was it a 
source of satisfaction to our family 
as our son Israel is a member in the 
family of Christ, under his care in 
the far West, and that he could, 
through the mercies of God, preach 
to us at our own house, where we 
hare held meeting from time to timo 
for near 40 years. The Lord will 
bless him for his labor of love, and 
grant us both wisdom, strength, and 
grace, that we may be wise and use- 
ful housekeepers in the family of the 
Lord. Amen." 



Brother E. W. Miller, Yellow 
Creek, Stephenson Co., 111., says: 

"On the 21st of December I left 
my home for the purpose of visiting 
the churches in Washington and Ke- ( 



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23 



kuk counties, Iowa. On the 23rd chased cheap, compared with the 
I arrived at Elder Daniel Ritten- 
houee' in Washingtun Co., where I 
met Elder David Brewer and others 
of Keokuk Co., the brethren having disadvantages. The soil is not gen 



price of land East, and portions 
north of us. This country, like oth- 
ers, has its advantages, and also 






met that day in council, and divided 
the large congregation known as the 
English River branch, into two, call- 



crally of that black and rich appear- 
ance found in the central and North- 
ern portions of our state ; but my 



ing one Crooked Creek branch, of experience as a farmer for the last 



which Elder David Rittenhouse is 
the housekeeper ; and the other re- 
taining the old name, and Elders 
David and Jacob Brower its house- 
keepers. I attended two meetings 
in the neighborhood of brother Rit- 



ten years (or nearly so) has convinc- 
ed that it is very rich in products of 
the following kinds ; Wheat, Rye, 
Corn, and sometimes Oats. 

Anv one wishing to learn the su- 
perior cmality our Wheat DBase 



t«nhouse, and then accompanied j will please examine the New York 



brother Brower to Keokuk Co., on 
Sunday evening, 24th. Attended 8 
meetings in that neighborhood, and 
had full houses, and the best order I 
ever saw among the young people. 
Brethren and sisters, and all, seem- 
ed to take an interest in the meet- 
ings. The brethren of this place 



flour markets, and he will find the 
St. Louis flour ranks among the best 
brands m that market, and a large 
portion of Wheat raised at Bond Co. 
and vicinity is ground at St. Louis. 
As to the fruit crop I need not say 
much. Suffice it to say any one 
having ten acres of orchard of good 



to come in contact with the horse 
which took fright and ran away, uj> (" ^ 
setting tbe buggy and throwing its ^ ' 
occupants out. injuring them both se- 
verely, but we hope not dangerous- 
ly. They were taken in and 
cared for by a neighbor who 
saw the affair. 

B. J. SWIGART. 
McYeytown, Pa. 

Propottrd >i«it by ii. Njera. 

To Sandy Church, Ohio ; expect 
to arrive at Bayard station on the 
evening of February 15th. 

Back No8. — We can furnish a 
hundred or more new subscribers 
with back Nos. of this volume. Our 
motto will be first come, first served. 
Should any of our patrons have fail- 
ed to get the first two numbers they 
will oblige us bv informing us of tin- 



appear to be in a healthy condition, I winter fruit has a good fortune al- fact as soon as possible. And should 



15 having been added to the church 
the past summer by baptism, and ma- 
ny by letter. I delivered my last 
discourse on the last night of the 
year. May the Lord bless the at- 
tentive young people who were pres- 
ent. 

On New year I started for home 
where I arrived on Wednesday, and 
found my own health and that 



ready. We have a crop of peaches 
every 2nd or 3rd year and grapes 
and many kinds of small fruit in a- 
bundance. Any one wishing partic- 
ulars will cheerfully receive the same 
by addressing me bv private letter. 
JONATHAN KESSLER. 
Pleasant Mound, 111. 



Brother Daniel Thomas, Rocking- 
ham Co., Va., says: — "The calls in 
our Btate are so numerous for the 
brethren to come and preach that I 

_, , ... ""*?* n, , V « have traveled 12 hundred miles on 

Brother Hiram II. rolck, Botany, , , , . , _ 

Shelby Co., Iowa, says:— M We d„ : horse-back since the first ot >eptem- soon as the time Bubeonbsd for has 

' ber, and many calls still not filled 



of in y little daughter, who was 
unwell when I left home, much im- 
proved. Thank the Lord for his 
mercieB." 



any have been doubly served, we 
will take it as a favor if they will re- 
turn us the extra Nos., or get us new 
subs, to take them. 

"Refused." — We have had two 
copies of our paper returned, marked 
as above, one fxomMoYevtowq, l'a.. 
and the other from (ioslun. Ind.. 
both of whom were entitled to the 
paper, the one at Goshen to 1* N 
and the' other to :>. No paper need 
be returned, as we will stop itaj 



not like to do without the "Compan- 
ion," even if the price were three 
dollars. Wc are in a new place, 
and it does us a great deal of good. 
The brethren often remind us of a 
great many things that are for our 
good, and it does not wound our feel- 
ings when we are reproved. Ma\ 
the Lord help you in your lulxjr." 




Brother HoUinger :- I would like 

to speak a few words through the 
medium of your paper, to thu breth- 
ren and others wishing to seleet a 
home in the West. 1 think thai 
Bond Co ., and vieiniiv is worth v "t' 



Slavery being done aw ay, a new field 
has 1 een opened for the brethren to 
preach, in many places where the 
doctrine was not known ; and the bo-" 

siti'Hi tiny occupy has eonvinevd 
many that they are right." 

Arrlrfral. 

\ brother Joseph K- HanawaM 

and daughter were on their WSJ to 
meeting yesterday. ( 1 Ith 1 the\ net 

with a sad accident, the psrtiotilsra 

Ofwhioh are about as t'ol|ow>: Oa 

going down a ail rp hill the holding 



expired, unless renewed. 



yniv attention, us farms may be pur h a .k strap broke, leaving the buggl lost No. bj i« 

&1&Z* — 



l i(> UIIKV.' 

Frihiu. U<u<. l2lA. (faring found 
it nessssarj to discharge one sf 

our workmen, and in eonse.|ueiue 
have deeided not to i-mh' u pa|»er 
n< \< week, we have a little time tor 
letleetl.'li. We hSVS OSflM lllded that 
it will bfl lietter t,,r u> and iur pat- 
rolls U) drOD a week, and (hell llieel 
them at their respective p"~t ■ 

than lo drag on and perhaps diaap 
point tin-in tor tevoral month*. \* 

s.ion as Wi- can ^ret an extra hand for 
a short til! .all make up (lie 

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1 Saturday, 18th. All the papers 
in the mail, and our books in pretty 
good order. It appears as though 
one can do •'» great deal more when 
not hurried. 

Sabhatk, 1 1th. Road Matthew 
7th chapter, and reflected much up- 
on that part <>f it which saith : "Be. 
war.' of false prophets,. .which come 
to you in sheep's clothing, but in- 
wardly they hiv ravening wolves ;" 
and bul Em the declaration "bv their 

Emits ye shal) know them." we would 
scarcely know how to dispose of the 
subject. 

The wolf having donned the garh 
of the sheep, will of course have the 
appearance of a sheep, but it will 
not be long until his actions will be- 
tray his real character. 

From the above language of our 
Sarior SOSM pretend to infer that 
plainness of appearance is indicative 
of deception. Such is not our view. 
The sheep is not to be feared on ac- 
count of his coat, nor yet the coat 
on account of its real possessor, but 
hew are of wolves w hen they come in 
sheep's clothing. Rv their fruits ye 
shall know them, for their deeds are 
evil. 

Monday, loth. — Very cold and 
blustering. Receivedseveral letters 
complaining of the irregular appear- 
ance of our paper. Just what we 
expected, and for once we acknowl- 
edge to be in the fault, but having 
engaged the assistance of an expe- 
rienced journeman, we hope we shall 
Btoi soon again make the same ac- 
knowledgement. 

Tuesday, 10th.— Had a visit by 
brother Grrabil] Myer's, whose visits 
are always welcome. 

W\ ■■/'!• 'xday and TJiuqgday omit- 
ted. 

Fri./>n/, 19th, — As we wish to get 
our paper out a day in advance of its 
date, wc close onr columns to-dav. 
Hope our readers will bear with us 
for our irregularity. 

Received a letter requesting our 
terms for advertising. We insert 
no Standing advrrtidu;:, but anv 
matter not inr-oiiMstant with our 
work may be brought to the notice 
of our readers by Special Notici - aj 



the rate of 2$ cents a line each in- 
sertion. 



Ollt PUZZLE rORXKR. 

Vcrnsl i< al I iiigmu. 
I am composed of 12 letters. 
My first was a leader of Israel. 
My second was the mount on which 

< 'hrist was betrayed. 
My third was placed in the battle's 

front. 
My fourth was a mighty hunter. 
My fifth is where Christ was trans- 
figured. 
My sixth we should bear gladly. 
My seventh is a book in the 0. T. 
My eighth wrote "Acts of the Aimjs- 

tlcs." 
My ninth is a christian grace. 
My tenth through faith received the 

promi-e. 
My eleventh would not leave her 

mother-in-law. 
My twelfth is a division of time. 
My whole is chief among the "Sacred 
Mountains. 

L. H. MILLER. 
Valley Farm, West Vd. 



DIED. 

At Dillsbnrg, York Co., Pa.. (Lower Cone- 
waga) Not. 3rd, 1865, our friend SARAH, 
wife of Andrew Sl'AHR, and daughter of 
brother Daniel DearSTSrn, decVf ; :ii;ed 30 year 
7 inoiitli, mid 'J days. Her husband was ab- 
sent from home, in 111., and was not able to 
giat borne till after she was buried. Funeral 
services by the writer. 

VUitor please copy. 

Adam IIoi.linger. 



LISTOP MONEYS received, for subscrip- 
tion to the Companion, since our last. 

David Slayer, New Enterprise, Pa. 1.50 

Jonathan Snocbcrger, do 1.50 

S.miii'-l Benner, do 1.11 

David Replogle, dp ..50 

John Hctrick, do 1.50 

Michael Bechtel, Woodberry, Pa. 1.58 

(' Biieher, Cornwall, Pa. ' 1.50 

C. Qeib, do 1.50 

Geo. Bncher, do 1.50 

<,.... Sbivrlv. ltavard, Ohio, 1.50 

Jacob Price, MtCarroll, 111. 1.50 

Jos. Bmmert, do 1.50 

Horatio Benner, dp 1.50 

John J. Emmert,,do 1.50 

Henry Ilrrt/.l er, MrVcvtown, Pa. 1.00 

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Jacub's Ladder. 

When Jacob, the pilgrim, was « • ui 1 bj day, 
At night on a stone tit a pillow bo tay 5 

nv in ,i vir-ion a ladder so 

: was •hi Ci'.rtli and it.- top in tlic sky. 
CflORTS. 
Hall -lui-ih to Jcs'aa who died 0:1 fhc t 
To raise np-tiue ladder of nierey lor m 
Press upward, press upward. the prize is in view 
A crown of bright glory is waking for you. 
Tlii? heavenly ladder is strong and well made, 
Baa lasted for ag - not decayed ; 

The feeblest may _ o up, 

And angels will help tnunj from bottom to top. 
I.e.. upward and downward they 04 
1 Hag a hand to the toiler» below, 

And n « 1 - - 1 • a new climbcr'scts out for Ihe slues, 
Then shouts to the top of the lad 

AntVthcr, another, rh'ey sins: in their lo 
<joes? Making his home and his ireasun- above, 
And angels in glory; responding cry, 1 
And v, b penitent up to his home. 

This ladder is Jesus, the glorious irood man, 
Whose blood freely streaming from Calvary 

ran ; 
By his great atonement v.e all may ar 
And sing in the muuriou prepared in tie 

Come sin-burdened Uri n'd with vottr 

No, leave ii behind yon, and rise np to 1 

oi on the ladder and soon you will find. 
The troublesome burden of sin left behind. 

.ii.iini the ladder. b< bold ftevci ft W, 
It bears all who trust It a ud always v.:. 
Lo ! millions haVe tried it and reached Son's 

bill. 
And thousands, and tin.; Irvine it 

still. 

DAVID !). SHIVKI.V. 

/ ■ , • 
A Supported Hinistr.i. 

the ' '■ , - i 1 a i the v stem of a 

stippoi 1 ••! mit.i-tn i> growing ii'j 
favor with Hie brethren 

to a pally aJar-.iiij; extent- ' hear 
\o:ce- front th*.- North, aji'l iV-'in 1 1 1 • - 
Wc ■ ' iug iii support ot this 

iii 1I1 ■ .!' tin- 

1 b'urch, and the notes oi wai u 
•■ii" weak aud faint, as the; 

/.•..•••-■■• Hjnrit of 
the ' 

Bretbr in, I mu i op] o ■ it with 
.'II tin- p »wor aud veil 
; .nil, and will give you iu 
•for. 

I • • if th- 

fathers condemn the o i >u oi 

a supported aii lat I i >w op- 



jio.se it 'I Xo. I am not a followed 
of tho traditions ui' the lathers. Is 
it because it would require a 
eyed tax o£ huge proportions that 1 
oppose it? No. My wealth belongs 
to the Church, aud J want to pave 
nv may to heaven with it. 

\X is because it is followed by an 
interminable, fathomless train of 
evils that will corrupt, overthrow, 
and revolutionize, and out of the 
wreck will appear a shapless, hide- 
ous monster, tacked on the tri- 
umphal car of the adversary. Her 
•3 will then proclaim; we must 
have your carnal things, else we will 
not sow unto voti spiritual things. 
They will claim and receive the ap- 
plause of the • Christian 
world, and site Avill take her place 
in the front ranks of the Beetsj which 
have exchanged their purity and 
simplicity for the grandeur of idola- 
trous worship. 

I I..'' of the most fearful evils at- 
Ian; on this change in our mode 
of threading the goispel, would be 
established institutions for the i 
]taration of the gospel's defend 
and a ho-: of then would It • -.-nt 
out yearly, aided h\ the wisdom find 
learning oi' the world, in j reachi 
the pure and Bftflplc gospel 
Lord d.-u-. 'J 
logic of a erodked and j t 

would be alR< d with I 
truths of revelation, to sustain I 
ivii-i.'ii of tho [[■ • 

'1 lie J'lac j of our )ielo\ ed ni'ur 
of t"-dav . ( ma; (iod ivv. arl i ! , 
their Arduous Ipihvra, i would 
tilled bv men . ith •• grt 

swelling word*," and fat 
whu will lull us lo 
iritj . Ir, their splendid 

and 

,d depi a\ it) oi tl 
the prevalence of infidelity, a 

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Ui manner of I 

li"l. I m the • : 



cars "' that have •• heaped 

ul i be >tudi- 
uti-ly gratified. Brethren, I 
of these thing itable 

conconiit aut* of a salaried ministry: 
yet 1 do not look upon them as ac- 
tually upon us. We only hear the 
ring of the distant st jrm. — 
er generation may aril 
pass away before these things are 
fully developed in all thuir enormity ; 
but the seed must be sown, and the 
plant must grow, before the fruit 
will mature, and 1 con« 
seed !. 

grown 

we mu mom 

will destroy us. 

The most beautiful . limo 

picture of the Christian 
that ever was exhibited, was por- 
inimitable, and illu* 
trious founder. '• The blind re 
their the lcjtert 

are clean 

dead are i-i-, 1 up, and i/u 
/(«(■<■ the 

In order t.» pi : of 

scripture in it- bi 
plicatiou to t 
tion. we will i' 
iism : 

ed t i th 

Church, aud tlua' grand d 

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Just like Paul and Barnabas traveled 
from Antioch to Jerusalem ; being 
brought from place to place by the 
C mrch, by the free-will contribu- 
tions of the brethren, by the spon- 
taneous fruits of a regenerated 
heart, a heart renewed by grace ; a 
heart freed from the influence of 
sin ; the prominent and substantial 
evidence of a heart devoted to the 
cause of the Lord of glory. 

No, brethren, while we maintain 
4he purity and simplicity of our holy 
religion, we do not want, we will not 
have it required of us to bring our 
beloved servants on their way ; no 
organized mode is required to help 
them in the great work, but like 
Aaron of old, come up promptly to 
the 9ide of our brother, and hold 
his arms while he cries to God to 
bring the prodigals home. 

St. Paul unequivocally, and em- 
phatically declares, that they which 
preach the gospel should live of the 
gospel, but no brother would think 
for a moment, that, from that scrip- 
ture the system of a salaried minis- 
try could be consistently established. 
It evidently alludes to the effects of 
the religion of Christ upon the heart. 
It asserts that superior excellence 
of the newly established religion, in 
that it was ordained by our Lord, 
that it should have that effect on the 
heirt, that the wants of the laborer 
would be supplied, by spontaneous 
gifts of the children of grace. 

These qualities and embellish- 
ments of the christian character 
were beautifully illustratea by our j 
beloved broth ren and sisters of the 
Valley of Virginia, the Thomases, 
the Grafton, the Wines, the Longs, ! 
and a multitude of others, whose I 
names, I trust, are written in Heav- 
en; with those in the upper churches, 
who brought our brother, the dis- 
burser of the charity fund for the 
South, on his way by contributions, ! 
from hearts full of love to God and 
His people. And by the brethren 
of the West, in bringing our zealous 
and active laborers, of Tennessee, 
from place to place : the brightest 
. testimonials of a soul under the in- 
J fluence of the spirit of Christ. And 
j that miraele of the ninot enth cen- 
tury, that outburst of love dtvinc. 




I mean the dispensation of charity 
to the suffering poor of the South, 
by the brethren of the North, (I 
call it the greatest revival of reli- 
gion since the days of the apostle 
Peter), will stand on the records of 
the Church, as the loftiest and 
purest, the most unmistakable evi- 
dence of the existence of God's 
chosen people on the earth. It is 
an event so great in its strength 
and majesty, that the kingdom of 
the world will stagger and real 
under its mighty influence. Yet all 
this is only the effects of that reli- 
gion which, when it fully possesses 
the heart, spurns the very thought 
of waiting till its aid is demanded, 
to bring the brethren " from place 
to place.'' 

All this is done, and the heart 
enriched, the minister is made hum- 
bler, the Lord is glorified. His 
religion is exemplified and magnified, 
and the world stands aghast at the 
sublime spectacle of the beautiful 
co-operation of Master and servants, 
in the work of the salvation of souls. 

It is useless, brethren, for me to 
enumerate the evils that arc the 
product of this system, when you 
see them yourselves daily. Look 
for a moment, if you dare to trust 
yourselves, into the abyss, where the 
sects have fallen, and number the 
countless irregularities, the disor- 
ders, the promiscuous heap of reli- 
gion and irreligion ; the craft and 
cunning of artful and worldly men 
in holy orders ; the skillful manoev- I 
cring for lucrative pulpits ; the 
adaptation of religion as the means j 
in securing accursed gold. 

Our religion then would be one ! 
that the world would admire ; one I 
that would fight your country's bat- 
tles, one that would spill the blood 
of the brethren ; poor it out on the 
altars of your country ; a sacrifice ' 
to the honored god of this world. 

We would then have a religion, 
shorn of its purity, and primitive 
simplicity, of its meek and lowly 
character, and in their place the 
gorgeous and magnificent worship, 
supported and led by a splendid and 
mitred hierarchy, and they would 
fill tin stations of the great and 



noble of the earth, from whence, we 
are told, but few are chosen. 

Brethren, I have given you no 
overdrawn picture of the fate of the 
Church, in case we connive at the 
initiatory steps of this system. It is 
not the product of a restless and 
disordered brain. They are not the 
sentiments of an aspirant whose 
soul has gotten into his pockets. 
God forbid ! They are the calm and 
solemn convictions of a soul deeply, 
terribly in earnest, who trembles for 
the results ; not on me, nor on this 
generation, but on the prospects and 
character of the Church in succeed- 
ing ages. We are working in this 
case for posterity, and we should see 
that they do not justly point to ours, 
as the age in which the Church re- 
ceived her death wound: — to this 
as the era, from which they date 
the downfall of the Brethren Church, 
to this as the last of a long succes- 
sion of primitive worshipers. 

I am making the complexion of 
my case before the judgement 
throne, and the issues of that day, 
so far as they relate to me, are in 
my hands, yet with these awful re- 
flections before me, I must protest 
against the introduction of a sup- 
ported ministry. When my beloved 
brethren and sisters, who favor and 
advocate it, seriously and prayer- 
fully contemplate the evils which 
will inevitably ensue, and the dan- 
gers to which the Church will be 
exposed thereby, they will, I pray, 
consider that they are working 
for God and His Church, and that 
their prospects in the eternal world 
will be in strict accordance with the 
deeds done in the body. 

Let us then in the fear of God, 
guided by His Holy Spirit, impelled 
by no other motive than His glory, 
and the salvation of souls, keep the 
religion of our Lord as wo received 
it ; keep the faith as it was delivered 
to the saints ; keep it pure, alike 
from the traditions of men and the 
danseroua and insinuating innova- 
tions of the progressive spirit of our 
generation, and our children will 
rise up and call us blessed; the 
martyrs and saints immortal will 
bless as a^ children of the promise. 
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"come ye blessed of my Father," 
and God the Infinite will proclaim 
from thethrone, " blessed are ye for 
ye have kept my commandments." 

May the Holy Trinity abide with 
us all, and the blessings of Heaven 
rest upon us, is my prayer through 
Christ our Lord : Amen. 

D. C. MOOMAW. 

Clover Dale, Va. 

The South »t ill !■ Rebellion ! 

A New Call for Volunteers to bring 
her into a State of Peace ! 

THB APPEAL DIRBCTLT TO OVB BRBTHRBN ! 

From the general indication of 
things, and from the special appeals 
of biethren, Wrightsman and Clep- 
per, of Tennessee, and other breth- 
ren in the South, it appears that the 
great work of preaching the gospel 
in the Southern States, make a spe- 
cial claim upon us as a Church ; and 
viewing the case from every s<Ad 
point, it appears, to me that now is 
our time. Brethren in the Northern 
States, permit me to call your atten- 
tion to this subject. You, who have 
not had your rich fields and* fertile 
valleys devastated by#}he destructive 
elements of fire and sword ; you who 
have enjoyed peace and plenty ; 
can you not, of your abundance, 
contribute to this important work? 
. let us learn a lesson from the world ; 
see how the able-bodied men re- 
sponded to the call for soldiers ; see 
how the rich poured out their treas- 
ures ; see how all manitested a wil- 
lingness to sacrafice their lives, and 
fortunes, in defence of their Consti- 
tution and Law, and for the raain- 
tenence of their national integrity ; 
see how, by these combined forces, 
they conquered the array of hostile 
resistence, and war, in that respect, 
has ceased, but the people are still 
in a State of Rebellion — not against 
the government of the United States— 
but against the government of Jesus 
Christ, the great Captain, under 
whom we pretend to servo, and 
whose orders we claim to obey ; and 
who has issued General Orders for 
us to preach his gospel to everv 
creature. Now, that they call upon 
us for the word of truth, their |«>liti- 
cal pride in a measure humbled, the 



principal obstacle on account of 
which some of our brethren endured 
fines snd imprisonments, being in 
the providence of God removed, 
now, brethren, will we make a for- 
ward movement ? Will we improve 
the opportunity thus held out for 
doing good ? Can we not send a 
few chosen men from every State, 
bearing the sword of the spirit, 
which is the word of God ? Would 
to God I could cause their appeal to 
wring from shore to shore, from the 
Atlantic to the Pacific States, and 
engage the attention of every well 
established pillar in the Church. — 
As the case seems to me, to demand 
immediate attention, I take the lib- 
erty to make some personal calU. 
Maryland, what do you say ? Qan 
you not equip and send two breth- 
ren to preach the gospel in the 
Southern States ? Pennsylvania, 
can't you send two more ? Oh ! ye 
States of the Great West, and 
Njtth-west! Ohio, Indiana, Illi- 
n|fis, Iowa, and other sections, can 
we not get your attention to this 
matter ? I think it would be an im- 
portant move ; one that would meet 
the aprobation of God; one that 
would redound to his glory, if each 
State Council meeting, would pro- 
vide for sending at least two breth- 
ren to march through the South, 
hitherto kept, in a measure, in total 
ignorance of our brethren, and the 
simplicity of primitive Christianity, 
under the banner of the Cross ; 
preaching Jesus as the g*Mt Cap- 
tain of our salvation. I th%k one 
or two humble heralds of aawakaon, 
thus going forth, actuate'd ind 
prompted by fuch motives, would be 
more formidable in "pulling* down 
strong holds" than were the host of 
soldiers that inarched through to 
conquest. They OMMjliarM the 
arms, — but this little band, under 
God, might do much towards con- 
quering the hearts of the people, 
and bringing them to submission, 
not only to the law of the land, but 
to the law of Christ. 

Now brethren, all that is wanted 
is a move on the part of thu-e who 
stand at the head of the Church. 
The men can be found ; no doubt 
the means to provide for their tem- 



poral wants can be had in abundance. 
Again we say, you who have it in 
your power on account of your 
standing, and the influence you 
wield, it is you who should move in 
that case, for methinks the respon- 
sibility devolves upon you. Let us 
hear from some of you at all events. 
P. J. BROWN. 
New Pitt$burg, Ohio. 

For tht Companion. 
The Redemption of Tine. 

Time should be redeemed because 
it is short. The whole measure of 
earthly history will be short, from 
the creation to the destruction. Gen- 
eration after generation is passing a- 
way. 

The word of God, compared with 
the history of passing events, fully 
indicates that the earth is hastening 
to a close. And soon the end will 
come, the purposes for which time 
was given be accomplished, and its 
ages, years, and hours, all be nar- 
rowed down to the moment of its 
close. 

The great events connected with 
th»winding up of all earthly affairs 
t^yjetfdering of the last "account, 
calffipt be far distant. The earth, 
wrapped in flame, the heavens pass- 
ing away with a great noise, and the 
elements melting with fervent heat ; 
the opening of the Book of Remem- 
brance, in which all our good and e- 
vil deeds are recorded, are but a 
step before us. 

And if time is so short, when all 
the ages are combined, when so ma- 
ny generations unite in swelling its 
history, when it can boast of the past 
present, and the unknown future, 
what fearful brevity pertains to that 
little portion of it allotted to us as 
individuals ! 

Time ti wining u* away 

To our rU-rnal home I 
Lil. it but * winter'* day, 

A Journey to the tomb. 
Youth and beaut* tuou will flat, 

Bloooilug boautt kOM II* > harm*, 
All thai 1 * uuntal »oou »l..i 

0**d In death'* cold arm*. 

M i \ HONBXROBR. 

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Temptation. 

I „ 1>ortI „ constituting the Divine method ol 

I lis sublime inauguration into His 

M -' M| '; I;1 - Mediatarship, -To fulfill all ri-h- 

■ e haw hot a 11,-h Priest keWimM,^ tt> have iinj artcd unto 

wlucl. ram,.,; be touched w ith the foci- Hun the -Si.irit without measure." 

i our infirmities : but was in all and pass throu-h the great erisifl Of 

points tempted like as pre. wet, yet powonal oontiol with the Devi*;-wae 

without mi..* Hcb. 4: 15. "Mv the a conditio* of His becoin- 

bretbxen, count it all,,, a «hen ye frig ,,,„• *rignte©»ene88 ." Hi- who!,- 

mptations." James lite. From the* tii-.-t rolitadl of Divini- 



1 : -1. "Ihe .li-i]K'i- uotjabove tv wjth humanitv. hi* a neee-arv 
■ u " r ''■ ■• relation to our redemption; l.ut Mi's 

Matth. LO: 24. The.se immersion in .Ionian. Hfe ,n.<-ti-ii of 



Temptation if our lionl go together, tan may be suggesting relief by a 

compromise of integrity, or violation 

of onr covenant VOWS, hi well u 
the Devil knew that Christ was hun- 
gry or fasting, ami had human infir- 
mities that needed! sustenance-, bo he 
know* every circumstance 
rv follower of Jews, evorv 
want and weakness growing out of 
our fallen condition, and is ever on 
the alert to make his assault when 
we ;u-e mosl in danger of yielding to 
his devices. Put the "sword of the 
spirit" is sharper than any weapon 
that Satan can forge, or wield against ' 
us. When the burning edge of the ' 



(lentlv II i.s induction into His prone- 

.they show the deep mediatorial work. When, a< a 

necessity of the temptation of J e<us. man. the -reat fact of his Me 

m orders. qualify HiM for His spc- sliip'ficskdawned upon His mind it 

work, and oi our temptation to ■ would he impossible to determine — 

••partakers f Ills lioli- That a eonttollittg seme of His Di- 

vine human nature actuated Him 
a.t w=hich -is the greatest stum- wheu.twelve years old, there can be 
k to the seff-lpving, self- no doubt : bat He did not enter fully 
tettrt, and which ; - into the consciousness of his stnpeii 



eternal '-It is- written"' enters the 



take,, together, the I lolv ( i&ost, the Paternal r*O0 >- 
forbna-Wll -ectmg the nature nition of I lis Son-ship, and llistemp- 

and purpose o{ temptation, more sat- tation in the wilderness, were evi- 

lis induction into Hi, n m ,„, tempters soul, he feels that the wea- 
kest saint brandishes the same weap- 
on that was thrust through his Satan- 
ic sem-dhilities in the wilderness. 
Christ and Satan, human nature and 
the Woid, are the same now as then. 
Satan is no stronger, and Christ no : 
weaker, and the sword no duller, 
than when Heaven. Earth, and Jiell 
met in deadly conflict in the drearv 
trom following ( dous undertaking, and was not hives- ! solitude of Palestina. 

is one of the most immovable and ted with the necessary endow,,,,.,,;.' However painful temptation ma v 

or. until the period of entrance upon j be, ir cannot be wboly avoided, Mr \ 
Hi- Public Ministry. What He was doe.- God mean that it shall, m.twith 

standing that He has enjoined us 
not to expose ourselves to it. "In 



'ation in a Redeemer is i 

dasihe assumption of human before that period" He was for as «o 

. pare Di- less than in His lutedtnieiu life : but 

vnnty Incarnate, noi-simply housed ail that transpired from the time lie 



all things it behooved Christ to be 



''"' lh ffesh.Tjttt H 'uiill..! all rightcouoiess in Jordan. I made like unto his brethren. " 

"miiatil tie in a three-fold symbolical, life-ami- . behooved Him— it was nece 

t p-ow. a.ndlenrn.nndho unfol- dcath-coinpehending act, until He , and because of this communitv of 

. aVid expired on the cross, was more spe-j nature, "He Himself hath suffered I 

Therefore His sutf- 
Moptation. — I 
Smyrna He said. • 
,. some of vou in- 
icampte ouf temptation. 1'. .;- some/afcc to prison, that ve mav be tsied?b*- I 
»°TaUn . (or in the wildei- jnded by Therefore trial' is a form of tempta- 

irom which they are tempt- tie* : and 3 ct trial is a form of temp- 
* wonW |: 1 h1 ,..,.;, _, . thwriselveS laty means tation : and yet t.tial is a means of 

urate the pure and hoi v mind iuvigoratin^'aud burnishing our < hri- 

Ihath D il on of-Uod. With a wtttd Jesus anight stian -race-, and on this account we 

1 ol a vhich we luuc broken His fast b v followin- | are to "connt it all jov when we foil 

hovs thai lie was the directions of t 
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emptor. Bui (not run ) into diveis temptation- 




fl, 

• and the of- ened in his temporal reso„,c 

funded a, "en.ier. in an availa- 1 nil want, or oceupvin- a 

^J unction in position, tryimr. critical, and hllHW 

duu- : he m inptcd to unbe- 

i Anointing, and lie!', di udenoy : Sa- 



happened uuto you." We are to 
••rejoice" in these '•iiery trials," es- 
teeming 1 hem a blessed privilege, to- 
kens of the Divine favor, and the 
onlv method of transforming us into. 






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a character adapted to the immedi- j contest -with the enemy of His Throne 
at e are* -nee of God and the unfad- j in order to gain personal knowledge 
m«t glories ul' I lis abode. '-Without \ of the condition of those who-e Me- 
hoiinc-s no man can see the Lord," j diator and High Priest it wa- His 
and all the trials, temptation-, and purpose to be. Faith in xio-h a De- 
<lia<t':s. liients of the righteous are liverer will give u< a position and*Sn 
intended and adapted to beget the • attitude against which the gat--; of 
requisite qualification for the eternal j Hell shall not prevail 
enjoyment of Ood. A participation 
in Christ's sufferings is the indispen- ! 
sible condition of participation in His 
glorv ; and if we refuse to enter into : 
His humiliation, we cannot, on any : 
reasonable ground, cherish the hope 
of entering into His exaltation. 

Our Savior's conHict in the wilder- 
m — c'.Ncrs our entire life. Although 
it continued but forty days, its sig- 
nificance stretches over the ages, 



To be continued. 

for the Co>,tpattion. 
Breathings oi'llie Heart. 

-Something there he 




spirit, when hope hath well nigh for- 
sook the soul, as I looked into the 
dim and ''viewless fated future" and 
conjectured that upon the unread 
leaves of Life were written — torzow 
- — dixaj point i)U- id — rtiU:>?ze! 

JOS. S. GITT. 
New Oxford, Pa. 



In this dreary world that love uie, 
Even riR-!"" 

How plea-ant it is to recollect the 
pressure of life's onerous duties --- 
the cares that mark the brow, and 
sprinkle the head with its early gray 
almost in ourbovhoQd's years — the 
embracing every baptized convert. ' strife aml toil f ever ., day life— the 
touching every point ot our hie where I bH „ ht of early hopes— the disap- 
we come in eeJfcsmn with the powers ' pohltincnt of ear i v expectation- 
of darkness, lhe certainty and ne- lhe fever . md aux f cty f mental la . j 
cessity ot temptation are rery often ,„„. iu the preparatory stages of ex- ' 
not taken into due cousidcrtmn whan fetance h(jW Bweet it ' ;< fo reB j ew . 
the believer enters into covenant ,„.,. tli:tt there are bright eves that 
withOod. We all seek alter sancu- -^ aml Ioving hearts ^ fee] 
fication as the obrioi* condition ot ; fi an(] svin , )at lnze with us, and , 
salvation, but shrink from the Lb- : wh(| - e g . meang that iugeuu ; tv 
vmely-appomted means of its attain- ^ jr.^ ^ affec . ti „ u suggest, to I 
mem. It the temptauon of Christ alleviate Che heart of its burden, and 
m the wilderness is marvelous and t ,, n .. t)lv c . la<tu . itv t „ the a,,,,,,,;,,., 
mcompreheiBible, it is no less pre- ■ i irU . in sWt th:it « 



cion-, and -oothing to the children ef 
God] That the Imaruate Deity 
should be eapdBed to bo pen 
and BO protracted an onslaught from 
the Devil. mu-r be a matter of im- 
mense meaning to ils who are by our 
\crv nature, in <-m\<- BOBM tlie prop- 
erty) of the Fvil Due. He th. 
ii an sbsment a^vbioh b« rightfully 

claims ownership, and were it not 
for the counterpoise i •'• I mani- 
i , the lir.-li," ihe inheriti I | po 
olivitioa to evil would .-nlije -t int'an 
• to the penaj retribution? oi '.Jilio- 
vali, as eertainly and ii i«-n i-\ : 1 1 . 1 \ 

I for -ins deliberately and |MT->i.-t 

ently committed. < !)u inless 

and Could not -in. although liol 

out liability thereto' Ho. «a, mighty 

and COUld not fall. With one word 

He might bare eemmanded back the 

tempter to ih< darkness; 

with a breath He might lrave annilii 
lated Hi- foe, and yet forforty days 
and forty nights He voluntaril 
•ted Himself to ■ fierj . galling 



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things tin-re be that /"'•' us [" 

And though there are times when 
tlie delicate and sensitive heart i 
shrink even from the society oft!, 
upon whom it doat-. and s'e< -k -oli- 
tudo in prefercw and 

diner delight in thesu 
the beautiful works 
than it would to be surrounded with 
the beautiful and lovely of earth, 
or to -it 

geonjuv on a kingly lhrofi< 
\ ■ ''■ ■ are he:: 

that love u-, throw • a gloj 
eliaiitn -lit over the work re, 

and ina' n and earth U| \ ■ 

a hundred f"M more beautiful. 

I i'raiiki 

that the M/< f th 

In " 

1 

.: t fVoin - i i r . i 

umler the pit - -tin- ot 

khoe an. I nun -. has to r<- 

vi\. the drooping snd daspondiltg 



Fur ll<t Companion. 
On Voting. 

Brother Holsinger : We, wish 
this matter, were settled ; but 
in as much as we still differ in rela- 
tion to the right of suffrage, we feel 
like offering a few more thoughts. 

First: We wish to notice what 
you say in the last number. You 
think voting would not be wrong if 
we were qualified to act in that di- 
rection. This is certainly r ght . w- 
would not suppose that a man couM 
act consistently in any of the uuti >s 
of life, without the requisite qualifi- 
cation : but we think when it comes 
to a theme, involving our religious 
liberty, that we ought to qualify 
ourselves for action; for it was 
through the ballot-box that the liberty 
of conscience in matter- of religion, 
was guaranteed unto us. and through 
the same, must be perpetuated. 

\ .-tin you think if principle were 
• -take, we might be quafi- 
vote. Wc think, in the main, 
principle enough is at stake, for the 
christian ejthor I for or against, 

irse we will find unprincipled 
politiiia' • will we find un- 

principled religionist- ; but i> it an 
argument against our practicing 
Christianity ': Certainly not ; and 
tin- i- 01 i win tlie 

man of < ■' 1 should " -tud_\ . 
'•grow in the knowledge of the 
truth," or '• ■ » - 

pent-/' that he i rn between 

' which i< good, and that which 
I. It M - well 

: ; i- necCKsan Uiat tlie 
"christian rtatoh, «.• baire 

unprincipled men in every vicisitude 
nd with w . annot 
• 
wiihj'olii. vhat with n lit tl»- 

rui, an I j m> arful 
thinking t 'inn can vote in- 

telligently, 

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it is 
We 
say 
the 
We 



not do. Wc agree with you that 
brethren iff! frequently led by par- 
ties without thinking for themselves, 
but it is the same way with religion- 
ists. How many follow the foot- 
prints nf their ancestors, without 
self investigation of the subject. It 
is too much the case with all of us. 

Now here we wish to 6ay a word 
to those anti-voting brethren who 
contend so tenaciously for the old 
order of things in the church. Do 
you think they ever tried to pass 
resolutions similar to those of our 
day, granting the majority of mem- 
bers in one district, the power to 
say, M voting is wrong," and not 
granting a majority to say " 
right," and compel! all to vote, 
think if they have a right to 
one way is right, they have 
same right to say the other is. 
must admit that there is too much 
Congregationalism about that way of 
doing business, for us ; but had we 
not better fall back on the time 
honored practice of the old brethren, j 
and pass no new laws on the subject J 
at all ? We think so. 

Some, again, think it is middling 
too much with the affairs of the world 
We cannot see how that can be when 
the Apostle recognizes civil gonern- j 
ment as of divine appointment, and 
its officers as God's ministers. Rom. j 
13 — and this the church subscribes j 
to. In consequence of the depravi- ' 
ty of human nature civil government j 
is as necessary as ecclesiastical, in 
fact one can hardly exist without S 
the other. They are intimately re- 
lated to each other. 

Now brethren if you can't see with 
us, don't conclude that your side 
should enjoy the power to dictate to 
the church, and grant the other side 
no power, but to exercise a charita- 
ble forbearance with you ; but try 
and do as you would wish to be done 
by. It is by bearing with each oth- 
er that we will get along smoothly 
and not by treating each other as 
though we thought our judgment su- 
perior. 

DAN'L SMITH. 

IIu>itin<it<>n, Ind. 

Re not hasty to believe flying re- 
ports to the injury of another. 



our Uuuil Meetlag. 

[From a lengthy reply to brother 
Plaiue we select the following point- 
ed remarks. — Ed.] 

Making a change in the manner 
of holding our Anual meetings, I 
cannot regard as being any infringe- 
ment upon our venerated system of 
truth and piety. What principle 
does it envolve? The characteris- 
tics of our system, is true faith and 
uniform obedience, a true regard 
for the word of God, love to God, 
and love to man, as well as fraternal 
union in Christ our head. In char- 
ity I suppose this to be the principle 
of all, it ia the palladium of glori- 
ous union. 

The object of our Annual meeting 
has ever been to promote this end, 
and in order to do this the brethren 
have found it necessary, from time 
to time, to make changes as circum- 
stances indicated. 

In the early history of our organ- 
ization, at those meetings every 
member had the privelege of pre- 
senting such queries as presented 
themselves to their minds, and upon 
all such occasions the communion 
was celebrated, but the number of 
members increasing, the meeting en- 
larging, business accumulated, and 
it was found that a change was 
necessary. 

The communion reluctantly dis- 
penced with, queries were required 
to be brought through the churches 
on paper. The Annual meeting, in 
order to enable it to dispose of the 
largely accumulated business, adopt- 
ed the sub-committee system, and 
required the quiries to be presented 
through properly authorized dele- 
gates. 

The church still increasing, the 
qusincss still accumulating, and the 
Anual meeting not giving full satis- 
faction to the enquiring mind, further 
changes seem to be necessary, in 
order that their design can be more 
fully realized. And so, for the last 
ten years the brethren who have 
, been most deeply concerned, and 
have been laboring most faithfully 
in the cause, have contemplated a 
i still further change. I have a doc- 
' ument now before me, written some 
I eight or ten years ago upon that 



subject, setting forth a plan which 
does not differ materially from the 
plan, as I understand, that some of 
the brethren of the committee will 
propose to the next Anual meeting, 
and I have no doubt but that the 
committee will agree upon some 
plan that will be advantagous, and 
that will be acceptable to the breth- 
ren generally. 

In conclusion, let me advise my 
brethren who are of a different opin- 
ion, especially those who want ex- 
perience, when they express their 
opinion, which is their full privilege 
to do, that they show some respect 
for the opinions of others, and as- 
sume that their brethren are desti- 
tute of wisdom and every christian 
virtue, while they themselves are the 
embodyment of all. 

May the God of mercy grant us 
grace, patience, and a sound mind, 
that we may be kept from temtation, 
and finally be brought together in a 
better world, our errors and our fol- 
lies washed away in the blood of the 
Lamb, joined "with the spirits of 
just men made perfect." "In the 
church of the first born," when we 
will be done with the things of earth, 
no more to rule, or to be ruled by 
poor, weak and erring mortals, but 
when we will be immerged in that 
holy throng who will sing, Halle- 
lujah, the Lord God omnipotent 
| reigneth. Amen. 

BENJ. F.MOOMAW. 

Bontack*, Va. 

m m 

The Key to Heaven. — Sometimes 
thou hearest, perhaps, another chris- 
tian pray with much freedom and 
fluency, whilst thou canst hardly get 

j out a few broken words. Hence 
thou art ready to accuse thyself, and 

i to admire him ; as if the gilding of 
the key made it open the door any 
better. 

m m 

An Appropriate Motto. — The 
late Dr. J. W. Alexander was intfie 
habitof selecting "a year text" or 
motto, after the custom of the Mora- 
vians. In a letter to a friend in the 
early part of the year in which he 
died, he wrote, "My sentence for 
the year is, 'God, my exceeding 

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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 30th, 1866. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 



Brother HoUinger : — I wish to 
speak a few words to some of our 
loving brethren, who met with me at 
a certain meeting about three years 
ago, where I expressed my feelings 
and designs to visit the members, or 
arms of churches, in different States, 
and several replied, that is what they 
would like to do ; and if I ever made 
such visits, they would like to know 
whether there could be such an en- 
joyment obtained as we anticipa- 
ted. I answer, yes, there can be if 
God adds his blessings. 

Since then I have enjoyed ex- 
tremely good health, and been at 
home about one third of the time, at- 
tending to my worldly affairs. I 
wish to say to those brethren, I have 
finished my course, that is I have 
accomplished my designs, and I hope 
my labor will not be entirely in vain. 
My wife accompanied me all the 
while, except this last summer, on 
account of her ill health she could 
not. Thank God this fall she was 
able again to make a trip with me 
over seven counties, but her health 
is not good at present. I will not 
undertake to name our loving mem- 
bers in Iowa, 111., Ind., and Ohio, 
who have so kindly and friendly re- 
ceived us, and treated us when 
with thera. May the Lord bless 
them, and I have BO doubt but that 
the blessings of our God will rest 
and remain upon them, as he is rea- 
dy and willing to reward every good 
deed. We stopped with one brother 
in Miami Co., Ohio, who asked mo 
whether the brethren paid my ex- 
pense ! I told bun not ; no one ev- 
er gave me n ii v thing, neither said 
anything tome ;ibout it ; he handed 
me a five dollar bill as a DMK m . 
after rOMODXAS with DM I took it. — 
At another time in Story Co., Iowa, 
a brother handed me 50 cents.- 

Those are the gifts] have received 

..f the brethren in my travel*. I re 

member the Savior Hid, it is more 

blessed to give thai t«> rece i ve* The ! 

church here WSJ Organised B years 



! ago ; then composed of five counties ; 
abont 65 members, since divided in- 
to 3 districts. At that time two min- 
isters ; at this time our part nearly 
one hundred members, six ministers. 
The Benton Co. district has a good 
many members, and five ministers ; 
the other District stands about as it 
was. We have now commenced a 
stone meeting-house, 33 by 60 feet, 
with a basement story 20 by 33 feet. 
JOHN MURRY. 
Marshall Co., Iowa. 

m »i 

Brother Holsinger : — The breth- 
ren in ''Pine Creek" branch are all 
well, so far as I know. We have 
about one hundred members in our 
congregation, and have a Lovefeast 
every spring and autumn. Last 
Wednesday, 17th, we had a church 
election, at which brother Edmond 
Forney was elected to the ministry, 
and brother D. Brubaker for deacon. 
Elder I. Hershey will leave us next 
summer, and move to the State of 
Kansas. He can sell his farm any 
day. but would prefer to sell to a 
brother, and if possible to one who 
is qualified to fill his vacancy in the 
Church. The meeting house is close 
to his residence. If any brethren 
in the east are about to locate in 
this part of Illinois, they should 
write to brother H. immediately, as 
he, as well as the whole Church, is 
anxious to keep this property out 
of the hands of those who are not 
friendly to our cause. 

P. FAHRNEY. 

Polo, 111. 

Brother Holringer; — We moved 
from Indiana Co., Pa., U> Fayette 
Co., Iowa, (does not say when) and 
have had no preaching since ffBOHni 
here. We have no speaker. I wish 
to know whether there is not a broth- 
er in the long and wide eireuit thro' 
which the CotnjHtitioit eireulate*, who 
would BOOM here to live, ami take 
charge of the lew members who are 

here. This is i ■ 1 oo w n trj for 

farming. I traveled over .-even 
itelee, and took this j.art for mv 

choice. Ihtter and richer land i.> 
hard to find. Wr have onlv s 

members lore, ami all lire in sight 
"f We.st Union, Fayette Co.. [own. 
GEORGE IIKI.IM \.\ 



tot the Companion. 
A Visit W«*t. 

Brother Henry : — Many brethren 
and sisters wish to hear from me 
whilst on this journey. I therefore, 
will write to you, weekly, until I re- 
turn home. 

I left home on the 9th of Jan. and 
in due time arrived at Bayard Sta- 
tion, on the R.*R., where 
I was met by brother John Nickol- 
son. 

Jan. 11, held meeting at 10, A. 
M., and at 6 P. M. in the Meeting- 
house of the brethren near George- 
town. Had veiy pleasant meetings, 
and, also, visited sister Quinter; 
mother of Elder James Quinter ; she 
is living with her daughter, sister 
Sarah Connell. May the old sister's 
last days be happy. 

12. Went on the train from Moul- 
trie to Dover, where brother J. S. 
Snyder met me, and took me to 
Rogersville, his place of residence. 
Had meeting in the evening. 

13. Meeting in Rowville at 2. P. 
M., and at brother John NeflTs at 
candle-light. Very good attention, 
and a good feeling prevailed. 

14. Meeting at 10, A. M., and 
evening, in Rogersville. Had a 
crowded house, and very good at- 
tention. 

15. This morning took leave of 
brother Snyder's. Meeting in >chool- 
house near, at 2 P. M., and even 
ing ; The weather being very unfa- 
vorable, the congregation wa>-mall, 
but very attentive; and we boPCOU/ 
labor was not in vain. 

16. Was taken to the Disciples' 
meeting-house. Meeting at 1 «'. \ 
M. Being very icy the comnanv 
lure was small. Meeting in U 
vening m Richrille ; a reasonable at- 
tendance and ^< >. ><l order. 

IT. Took the train at MassSonfor 
Chi c ago. One of the cars of our 
tram got oft the tfS)ekj ■ liich detain- 
ed u> SOnM time, an i be- 
behind time ;" arriving here, u ■ 
ed the Connection, and casjSf i m. 

be detain< d her.- to daj , M i\ I led 

grant that the remainder of the jour- 
ney may be pleasant and pr 
oiu ; Amen. 

JOHN \\ |M 
i 'A'. '/•<>. i/ira, is. 



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/<//». 27. - '1' lii- is tlic 
day on whicli wo usually Cftllfc t 0Ur 
load itciiH. luit being afflicted with 
a severe head ache, we could not at- 
tend to those duties, and in conse- 
quence this department is very 

On M.'ihIiy morning last we met 
brother 0. Long and wife, and our 
friend Miss Kate Beck, at the R, R. 

Station, on their way to Illinois. -- 
Hal a short but pleasant conversa- 
tion with brother L.. durinU which 
he intimated his intention of making 
a ministerial visit to the Gulf States. 

On Wednesday night we went to 
Philadelphia and returned on Friday 
morning. 

On our return we found twenty- 
eight letters, many of them contain- 
ing complaints of the non-appear- 
ance of "last week's" paper. Hope 
our last will explain the matter. — 
Hereafter we expect no complaint 
in that way. 

New subscribers have been com- 
ing in pretty freely, which helps to 
counteract the feeling occasioned by 
the late rise in printing paper. 



Scandal, like the Nile, is fed by 
innumerable streams ; but it is ex- 
tremely difficult to trace it to its 
source. 



Wo ought to be careful in tribula- 
tion to Bee to the footsteps of inej'cy, 
that we may come out of it sanctified 
by the word of God. 



Pay your Postage. — Accor- 
ding to instructions from the De- 
partment at Washington, Post Mas- 
ters are not allowed to deliver mail 
Matter until the postage has been 
paid for at least 3 months. We 
have been thinking that BOMB of the 1 
irregularities complained £f by oar 
patrons may have been occasioned 

by neglect in prepaying postage. 
Be sure you have paid your postage 
if you would not have your paper 
detained at the Post Office. 

Conscience, enlightened in child- 
hood, will shed its rays of life and 
light on all the riper years. 

To lo<s .,ur charity in defence of 
our religion i is to sacrifice the cita- 
del to maintain the outworks. 



i> i i: i> . 

In tl». Aughwich congregation, on the l5th 
Inst, LARA, daughter of friends Jacob 
:m<i Mary A. F.BY ; aged 4 years, 2 months, 
and 10 days. 

On the 1 <th Inst., at the residence of P. <>. 

swine; iiann.mi ELLEN, daughter of 
friends 8. A. and Money ELLIOTT ; aged IS 
■'. month.-;, and 37 diys : both buried at 
i in- same time, Funeral services by brother 
J6hn Spanoglc, from Nahnm 1:7. 

Tn the Buffalo Valley congregation, Dec 
19, is.,.-,, i,,,,,),,.,- MICHAEL SHIRK 
no years, 2 months, and 10 days. The occa- 
sion was improved from 2 Cor. 5. I, by Isaac 
Myer6 and the ivriter T.L. I'.i; v via:. 

In Deer Creek branch, Carrot) County, Ind., 
Jan. 13; sister SARAH RF.PLOOLK 
55 years, 4 months, and 2li days. She 
member of the church for many years, and a 
hcloved sister. On the 14th her remains 
were consigned to their final resting place, in 
the r/uryitijg ground near the Brethren's meet- 
ing house, whither they were followed by a 
large concourse of friends. Funeral service 
by brother Jacob Flora. 

J0ITK SSOEBERGKR. 

In Eel River church, Kosciosko Co., Ind., 
Dee. 20th, 1885, sister SARAH BEAR, wife-of 
brother A. R. T. Bear, formerly of Columbi- 
ana Co., Ohio ; aged 27 years, 9 month*, and 
22 days. She fell asleep while sittiug OU her j 
chair, Sewing. One of her daughters saw her | 
head drop, and in less than live minutes life | 
was no more. She was a faithful member of 
the church for nearly twenty yens, and was 
the mother of thirteen children. She leaves 



0. M. Myers, Hartleton, Pa. 
E. A. Payer, •< 

Boop, Laurclton Pa. 
T. J. i!, aver, Lew i tbnxg, I'a. 
John Bi iv.-r. YickBbVg, Pa. 
Lanra Parker, Big Prairie, Ohfo, 

Shick, JeroiuevUkj, 
Daniel Bail in, Ashland, 
1). II. Brumbaugh, Centre, Ohio. 
Nancy Eokerte, Bcecliymite, I ml. 
David V. Miller, Polo," HI, 
Baral. Flory, Edom, Iowa, 
David Blower. << 

Daniel N is wander, •• 
David Coffman 
Jacob 8. Flory, " 
Philip Kliy, « 

I. Wine, '• 

B. F. Plory, <■ 

Aquila Rowland, .(one- - X Roads, Md. 

Lfzzic Buzzard, FairpLiy, Md. 

EH ronrty. Brownsville'. 

Daniel Widders, Tisburn, Pa. 

Isaac Eby, New (iernianiuwn. Pa. 

Peti r Dong, " 

And. Hotline. RoxbMry, Pa. 

J. P. Ebersol, West Irjtfi p sndgncc, O. 

Daniel Rbsenbl f 

Kli.-is Wlckard, 

John Krai 

Henry Wis< ■■man. << 

Win. Miller, « 

Sarah Bradford, " 

John Brown, " 

Levi Dickey, Cory Ohio. 

John Rangier, Vanlue, Ohio, 

Richard Cheesman, Forest Home, Iowa : 

Joseph Hull, Montezuma, Iowa, 

Win. Nie". llailevsvillc. Pa. 

Lewis Jnaler, Bethlehem. I'a. 

Daniel Brccht, 

Henry A. Price, Harleysvillc, Pa. 

Ah. II. Caesel, " 

Win. E. Stiner, Hatfield, Pa. 

Wm. Hartzlcr. Elizabethtown. Pa. 

Kliza Pager, N". Kansas, 






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by Henry R. (Jolsjngcr, who is a member 6j 

a husband and 9 children to mourn their loss, j the " Chnrch of the Brethren," fom< times 



Funeral survices by J. Metzker, J. HarUman, 
and others, from Rev. 14 : 13. 

Jos. Conneix. 
Of consumption, January 19th, in the Cov- 
ington church, sister JANE 8LEPPT ; aped 
2i years, U months, and 19 days. She was 
baptized in November, and though very weak, 
and the water (old, the brother who baptized 
her, said in her funeral sermon, that he never 
saw one baptized with more ea.-c. She leaves 
no children. She devoted herself earnestly 
to the Lord, the short time she lived in his 
service. II. K> \t it. 



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INVITATION TO CUBIST. 

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Bfttl !"••'•;- for ill! Uj.'WO * of 111 -1. 
in ii •.-, • hV bright '-.'mi- h • »it'> alone 

n tli« ni •■iix.- '- tljroi 
inuring with itoii' • that gtoriou' 
II ■ wo:' through agony and thanu:; 
An . I tmu ■■!.- join ;o ratee 

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lie w •!■•.)!:! - siiw • ■» re Mil • 

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j _'ht Uiiu fro:u hie ilir.iv.> r»l 

And auburn to think yo ■- . . ! Slide- 

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l.ik; Ii'in. mi v. Utdu ii way ; 

J.ik" him. to -;<■ -ii'! yom ■ 

!m showing th ' rvator's prate 

'J'<> mark each step the tavlor 

Ami -.v;i!l. Ilk' • • • i ; 

Behold he r.:i<!> i rands ti ■ 

V..ur i'i! with i.-..-.- and holli 

(iiui''. i!k:i, U- v.iii hi- jr.i ■_• impart, 

< i. uu an •« rbi *ro«j hi 
M.ii it like was butbre th :'i ii 
And 

Then shall ui- n • >r. i vttii *l ■ '•• 
Direct your youthful '^Ui ; 

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Mora j'li-i ., ,i> than tot' golden off. 

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i'k-r uir a Hh glorifi ■ I hu- 

>!\ Devil that tempted J e- man nature is higher than ours. 

is, i' fereut iu degree, not in ktmi, tor 

[tli? *'»i ' on- if He retained idetutyofovnatitution, 

I Satan then, i- Lie likewise retained id I na- 

diWulting in u- ami accomplishing lor : tui\ . 
qg. a< individual, wjhat He thau ac- That our blessed Savior sL 

■'.[■•l lor the i'it^'j. The bpii- have stood face to face with, the D«- 

teat m >ti:l between th9 Priuce of the wl. thp occupant of the Throne of 

. v,-r oi cue a> a:t I the l'r ' ;h .- l':.i ..-.■ buffi tho fir>t 

1 lose- uf (J-.mI. oii'v the s-eiio and and greatest Rebel - that 

, tiitio ar: diXiroiH. Christen- Thr trth, and 

i-:- •. ,t.tii\ into tha condition of Hw will l»o the wonder, die Btudv, and 



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idly Mil does our own sensibility. Saaciuar \Tnpathijo w'rdi ue in 

II -j emittot w.j's bo j ' daily, ! 

t •-in'.tau-Mi- in the tan* ryj and ;• - 

we are, but the eeerhustii Dragon. \\ :hat 

braare of what lie one rist had no personal tangible 

put- I lim. '//•'///( th i ■■' !!'■■< flict with the Devil in Hi- 

. •••'' icitit lli< tfiaj-ijied hanuui- world-life oi tliTty-l 

, 1 1 1 r i ■ i-N.^ii-itr iiki;!^ sympathy those forty days aud fo.ty nights: 

with nil the sorrow, 6u and and whatever cxperi 

anguish that can spring out of the then-. !;. lisp 

■aault* and temptations of the Dev- son, i-i diJused, in 



il. 

Thj conjnnecton ofGoJ with iuan, 
iu the j ti-f..> % ( 'britl, »a-J 

r.':il. ent.re. and t ital. Wlia 
trial, temptation, or discomfort II 
met with, r . I !i- humau - >n •'- 

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.ui. uttii-.niti •«*' in i»l ! 
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Mid the all-sufficient grace of an Al- 
mighty, companionate Redeemer. 

If our oppressor mum us to cry out 

for anguish of heart, he will ultimate- 
ly bo utterly vanquished DV the Om- 
nipotence of Him who dwelled] with- 
in us. His discomfiture in the wil- 
derness is the glorious .signal of his 
defeat in the cane of all those in 
whom "Christ is the hope of glory." 
When temptations and trials roll 0- 
ver u.s like a flood, let us "be of good 
cheer," and "resist unto blood striv- ; 
ing against sin,'" animated in the i 
contest by the assurance that Christ : 
has not only "overcome the world" 
and the "Prince of this world," but J 
has "reserve I for us in Heaven an 
inheritance incorruptible, and undo- : 
tiled, and that fadeth not awav." 
C. II. BALSBAUGH. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 

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For ttu- Companion. 
Hiipl isinttl Regeneration. 

Mr. Editor: — In the Companion 
of Aug. 22nd, 1805, I find an arti- 
cle written by my friend D. P. Gib- 
son, in which he takes exceptions to 
some sentiments which 1 held forth 
in my former article. I should have 
replied to his article many weeks 
ago, but m I was from home for 
some months, have deferred it until 
now. I am not particularly fond of 
controversy, yet I do look upon it 
as a privilege to defend the truth ; 
for St. Paul teaches us that genuine 
"charity rejoiceth not in iniquity, but 
rcjoie eth in the truth." And if I 
can be instrumental in the hand of 
God, of showing friend Gibson, and 
the readers of the Companion, that 
salvation is by grace, and the im- 
puted right iousnjss of Christ, I shall 
have removed a great error from 
the mind.; of all those why place an 
" ■ lue ttrtit upon water baptism. 
Baptismal regeneration is a danger- 
ous error, and should be guarded 
against by every genuine follower of 
the meek and lowly Jesus. For the 
word of God assures us that "Jesus 
Christ is the end of the law for' 
right ■ iii-n •-. to every one that be- I 
licreth." We arc also taught that 
He, of God is made unto His people 
I wisdom, rightaousneBS,*anctification 
Land red caption." So that the im- 



maculate robe of a Redeemer's 
righteousness is imputed unto every 
true believer. For it is " by grace 
we arc saved, through faith, and that 
not of ourselves, it is the gift of 
God." 

Now the Regular Baptist Church, 
of which I am a member, has con- 
tended strenuously against the doc- 
trine of water washing away f-in, for 
1800 years; and yet friend Gibson 
tells me that the "Baptist Discipline" 
is against me. The Babtist Discip- 
line . Does not my friend know 
that we, as Baptists, never had a ' 
Discipline ? My dear sir ; we never 



doth hinder me to be baptized." 
Philip's reply was, if thou believest 
with all thy heart thou mayest ;" 
and they went down, both into the 
water, and Philip baptized him. 
But if the Eunuch had not related 
his faith in the Lamb of God, who 
taketh away the sin of the world, 
Philip would not have baptized him. 
But at the present day there are 
some who have so much confidence 
in water baptism, that they believe 
that faith, such as Philip required, 
is not necessary before baptism. — 
The Bible is too old a book for these 
newfangled ministers. If water can 



stood in need of one. The whole j regenerate the soul, it matters little 



whether the candidate is in possess- 



Bible, from Genc<is to Revelations. 

is the only rule of our faith, experi- ' ion of saving faith or not. But Oh . 
ence, and practice, which we have j such pervercers will have a dreadful 
ever had ; and we never want any- 
thing better. Many denominations 



have creeds, and confessions, and 
some prefer the teachings of men to 
the doctrines of Christ. Yet this is 
their folly, and not their wisdom. — 
And I would advise my friend to 
inform himself better before he ac- 



| account to give at the great day. 
The Roman Catholic Priests, in 
their catechism, teach their deluded 
followers te say, "by baptism 1 have 
been delivered from the power of 
darkness and translated into the 
kingdom of thy beloved Son ; by 
baptism I have been cleansed from 



cuses his Baptist friends, so unjustly, the staiu of that sin in which I was 
of what we have never held as a born ; by baptism I have been made 
doctrine in our church ; for no Bap- a member of the body of Christ." 
tist minister can be ordained, who j Please read Catholic Manual, page 
believes that water washes away sin. t 39S. >«ow these deluded catholics 
The Campbellitcs hold to Baptismal j acknowledge openly, their belief in 



Regeneration, and they believe the 
doctrine of James Arminius ; but 
they are not Baptists. 

He also says John Calvin is 
against me. John Calvin was never \ 
sound enough in the faith to belong | 
to the Regular Baptist Church. — ; 
'•Barnabas,' Justin Martin, Turtul- .' clares in his article that the Apostles 
lian, Origin, and the Apostles; John and the Lord Jesus Christ are 
the Baptist and the Lord Jesus ■ against me," would only read his 
Christ," are against me, he says.— Bible more, and the opinions of 



the waters of baptism. They are 
more honorable in their acknowl- 
edgement of this miserable dogma, 
than many of those who sneakingly 
teach it. Surely the Apostles and 
the Lord Jesus Christ are against 
them. And if my friend, who de- 



This is a wonderful charge indeed. 
But I care not for an host of such 
men as Turtullian, Justin Martin, 
Origin, kc. If they taught the 
doctrine of th ) regeneration 
water, I shall, 1 hope, never wander 
out of the way of understanding to 
follow th.'ir crooked path. But the 
Apostles, John the Baptist, and the 
Ford Jesus < h.ist, are not against 
mo. If they were I would, of all 
men, bo m >>t miserable. 

When the Ethiopian Eunuch said baptism* 
to Phillip " see, hera is water, what was livin 



poor depraved men less, he would 
not say that water Bapt'sm is a part 
of regeneration, but he would then 
know, by sweet experience, what 
by the Savior means where he says : 
" Come unto me all ye that labor 
and are heavy laden, and 1 will give 
you rest unto your souls." 

Now those who come to Christ by 
faith, and experience a real and a 
genuine change of heart, are the 
only scriptural subjects for water 

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i hour, he could say, as he did 1800 j happiness is it, at such a time as this, 

to hud that haven where the trem- 



^fi years ago, " who can forbid water 
1 ' that these may not be baptized who 
have received the Holy Ghost as 
well as we." No, dear friend, the 
Great Teacher never taught you, or 



bling spirit would be — to find Jesus 
Christ the Savior of sinners, as our 
Savior, our "hiding place from the 
storm, and covert from the tempest." 
any other man, that anything short Him having found, the thunders of 



of His own atoning blood, applied 
by the Holy spirit, can purge our 
conscience from dead works, to 
serve thi Living God. 

I firmly believe that those minis- 
ters, who teach the doctrine of bap. 
tismal regeneration, have been the 
means of bringing thousands of an- 
converted men and women into the 
church, who are only deceiving 
themselves, with a name to live, 
while they are dead in tresspasses 
and in sins, thus, like the false 
prophets of old, crying peace, peace, 
where God has never spoken peace 
to their souls. Surely such perver- 
t an of the right ways of the Lord, 
shall (unless they repent) be ban- 
ished from the presence of the Lord, 
and the glory of His power, forever. 
1 love to see persons who can give 
a reason of the hope that is in them, 
go forward and obey the Savior in 



the broken law may echo forth all 
their condemnation. Hiin having 
found, the sword of vengeance and 
of justice, like the fluid stream, may 
blaze on every side, yet the soul can 
rest secure ; and, blest with a sense 
of his pardoning love, it can smile 
away every pursuing storm, and 
pass in sweet tranquility the waves 
of death, and the rocks of judgment. 
Nay, more, they will guide bis hap- 
py, pardoned spirit into that haven 
of rest, which it so anxi >ualy sought 
for its final refuge, and thus being 
blest with a sense of a Savior's par- 
doning love, we now behold the 
christian as taking a vovage. Be- 
hold how difficult, duly considered, 
is the christian's passage through 
life! How marvelous his S afe arri- 
val in heaven ; It appears, indeed, 
to be nothing else than one of the 
greatest continued wonders of al- 



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Christ Hie Sliiiiif, Refuge. 

Wli mi the Spirit of truth male 
tmiuon for SJl, guilt is then fek, be- 
cause man beholds himself a child 
of wrath by nature, and a oondomn- 
e 1 criminal by moana of his pra 
En thin salutary, but unhappy state 
of things, he often look-, behind, and 
in evert glance discover Mack ir 
darkness, an.l nearer approaching 
storms. 

He looks forward, and sees noth- 



He feels it to be mercy, and faith- 
fulness, and rich bounty, and un- 
speakable kindness altogether, from 
beginning to end, and is at times lost 
in wonder, love and gratitude, and 
praise, for so great, so unmerited, 
so eternal a salvation. Seeing then 
these things are so, verily he ought 
to watch and pray, that he may con- 
tinue in faith and* charity, and in ho- 
liness with sobriety, unto the end. 
SPENCER BEAVER. 
Vickisburg, Pa. 

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J-'or the Companion. 
Our Annual ItfinllwgB j »ug- 
grstion. 

We would, in few word-. -u_r<'est 
to the committee the following plan : 
Let it be understood that there will 
be no regular preaching on the 
ground where the meeting is held. 
Let all public exercises be held here 
and there, through the neighborhood, 
where ever req ue s ts are made or in- 
vitations given. And then, when it 
is said there shall be no preaching, 
or public preaching on the ground, 
let it he so. At different times have 
we hoard it announced to the people 
at the conclusion of the exercises on 
Sabbath thai there would be Rjfl mc-re 
yreaching (either preaching or pub- 
lic preaching, I would have my 
choice) <m the y round, after df-dio, 
I, and with no direction, but and on Monday, alter the Standing 
and thus to Committee had been chosen, and 
tempestuous while the different churched were 
o- >an ; boot • faint pictnrc might be represented by the delegates, the 
formed of the christians voyage to tim :cunied in preaching to 

: heaven. all present. 

He to >. in a feeble bark, ha- n AVh v this v, i- don* we cannot tell, 

■ hart but die word ofG 1 1, no com- but indeed we failed to see wherein 
in- paw but the s] i it of God, no pro- the least possible good could i 
vision but the daily grace of God in from any such proceeding 
Christ : no Bafety from th i raging \. a D !Ul - of course rou will not 
waves of the world, or th • roaring restrain any of the member* 
winds of the evil spirit, but the po* but let them come, all who will; till 
erofGod : no ability I i keep him- their respective places and work for 
•elf for one mom-mt from sinkiug, the promotion of Zion* and the gltfry 
but through the faith v f t h. Lord. But «r« should not 

plieth ; and no hop h meetings merely I 

to the heavenly shore, but from tfa hould 

truth of God fa Christ Jesus. And have an ol Ithatob 

esd, when * christian considers j ec < should" be i good one. M 



baptism, and all the ordinances of mighty grace to man. If a man were 

the Lord's house, and my prayer to 

God is, that His watchmen on the 

walls of Son, may become united in | sustenance but what might fall from 

teaching His own truth, and then 

shall there be peace and harmony in 

the church of th'J Liviu j God. 

gbo. w. exglisii; 

MUrau, Pa. 



commanded to put to sea by himself 
in a small open boat, without anv 



the sk 

a chart and compas . 

pass over a wide and 



in^ but apparent reeks of judgment, ind 

waves of wrath, without one inlet oc 1 all theso perils on the one hand, and the j I I rd remember our Infix 

shelter for his trembling soml. This bis own weakness en the other, it lur IM'L KINS1 

^Ij is a timo of trouble an I dismay, aft se e m s an act of most astonish! /> 



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\j hour w ben Buocoring mercy \< the all love and omnipotence, that he should 
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liK'ionl Minutes. 

• '/c r UoMnt/i r : The follow- 
:m i \t ra<t from t!i«' pn 
»£ ■ < ieneral Counsel of the 
brethren, held in Virginia, Oct. 1". 
1 T i. • i . [t gives ua an insight into 
the troubles exi ting in the Bnother- 
in t ; :n m past, from false teach- 
It also exhibits with what wis- 
dom,zeal and aeriptural knowl 
our dear brethren long since "safe 
in the promised rand," refuted er- 
ror ; but the christian virtue most 
c mspicuously manifest, is that char- 
ity towards, the crrorists, which ••-uf 
fereth long;" and is. as the master 
himself says, an evidence to the 
world of dijoiploship. The transla- 
tion is a •"free" one. but strictly in 
,th the import of the o- 
riginah 

Ml.ASTilnMAS. 
Philad.. Pa. 



Tk.\xsi.ati-:i> udm nil Okkman. 
tacording to the example of the 
Apostle Paid, we, in General Coun- 
cil assembled, with all our hcloved 
brethren in the faith, mercy and 
from God our Father, and 
from the Lord Jesnj Christ. Amen. 
\\\- have been informed that strange 
doctrines or errors have arisen among 
the brethren in North Carolina, and 
much concern is felt on account 
thereof everv where amons the broth- 
erhood. The errors above referred 
t > are as follows. 

1. There is no other Heaven ex- 

that in the heart of man, 
'1. There is no other hell but that 
in the heart of man. 

8. God ha< no imaginable shape, I and was buried 
and whoever worships him with a troverted that when he died his soul 
conception in hi- mind that he pos- left his body, and, according to the 
human form, might a> well word found its way to hell, wheroho 
worship a 

inal. 

4. God has no wrath, 
pnni.-'h no one for his Bins. 

There will I mrrection 

of the dead. 

The Church baa no right to 
n,.or excommunica- 

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h irse or any oth sr am- 

and will 



the errors in question, we would ex- 
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heart of man. Christ Mays, when 
describing the final Judgment, 
•* Then will I say to them on my 
left hand, depart from me ye cursed 
into everlasting fire, prepared for 
the d.'vil and hi? angels/' llerewe 
see clearly that tho lake of fire is 
not in the heart of man : for th • 
damned are to b'o sent into it, and 
not the lake of fir • into th ; damned. 
Third Error. — G,od has no imagin- 
able form ; and whoever worships 

following declaration, "In the begin- him with a conception in his mind 

that he possesses a human shape 
might as well worship a horse or any 
other animal. 

Answer. We believe, as the 
Savior teaches, that "God is a spirit, 
and those who worship him must 
worship him in spirit and in truth. 
Th ■ Apostle John asserte a »t at all 
contrary to this', u In the beginning 
was th": Word, and the Word was 
with Cod and the Word wa> God.;, 
and "The Word was made fiesh and 
dwelt among US." Il.-.e we hud 
that God assumed a visible shape ; 
notwithstanding this, we do not think 
a person in worshipping Him should 
imagine him to be in any particular, 
form or liken :93 : yet if it should 
happen that a worshipper in the 
simplicity of his heart would picture 
Cod to his mind in the person or 
likeness of Christ, it would be very 
different from worshipping " a horse 
or any other animal." 

Fourth Error. -Cod has no wrath, 
and will punish no one for his sins. 
Answer. AW b li >ve with the 
Apostle John, that " God is love, 
and he that abideth in love ahideth 
in God, and Cod in him ;" and that 
Cod's wrath isj not like that of un- 
converted msn, revengeful : but that 
all 1IC judgments eminate from His 
love of th: human ra-e. Neverthe- 
less 1 lis judgments, are. in the holy 
Scriptures invariably ascribed to 
Ilia wrath or anger, as in the nine- 
tieth Psalm, " vho knoweth the 
power of thine anger ? even accord- 
ing to th-. fear so is thy wrath." 
John the-Baptist saya" He that be- 
th on th • Son hath everlasting 
life, and he that believeth not the 
Son shall not »ec life but the wrath L ^ 

there is a lake Of fire, «r place of (judgment ) of Cod ahideth onhim." M" 

punishment, which is not in the ' The a^Ttim that Cod does »ot^_\ 

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ing then,. ith us in believing 

with the Psalmist David that "The 
n •• I of th Lblfd i- pure," and his 
"testimonies righteous ;" and) that, 
ling t • the I caching of the A- 
• Paul, it is our duty to "bring 
into captivity every thought to the 
obedience of Christ. 

First Error. There is no Heaven 
except that in the heart of man. 

Answer. — At the very commence- 
ment of the scriptures we have the 



ning (bid created the heaven and the 
earth ; and the earth was without 
form and void" &c. Here some- 
thing that God created is called hea- 
ven. Of course this heaven was not 
in the heart of man for he had not 
yet been brought into existence, the 
earth his subsequent place of abodj 
beinjj then "without form and void." 

In the first chapter of the Acts of 
the Apostles we read as follows — 
"And when he had spoken these 
things while they beheld he was ta- 
ken up ; and a cloud received him 
out ol their sight. And while they 
loqkcd steadfastly toward heaven, as 
he went up, behold two men Btood 
by them in white apparel which also 
said, ye men of Galilee why stand 
ye gazing up into heaven ? This 
same Jesus which is taken up from 
you into heaven shall so come in like 
manner as ye have seen him go into 
heaven." Hence we find there is a 
heaven above. 

Second Error. — There is no hell 
except that in the heart of man. 

Answer. —We read in the ICtli 

chapter of the gospel according to 

St. Luke, that the "rich man di sd 

it will not be con- 



suffered groat torment-. This hell 
was not in the heart of the rich man, 
for that was dead and cold in the 
grave. 

We find the term hell, in the 
scriptures, signifies various things ; 
wo will therefore heed the admoni- 
tion of the Apostle Paul and n 
pute about words. The Scriptures 

however abundantly testify, that 



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i\ punish sin, we believe a very great 
I' error ; For Christ himself says, "£up- 
Jr pose, ve that these Galileans were j 
sinners abo\ • all th • Galileans be- 
cause khev suiL't-ed these things S 
I tell you Nay -. but, except ye re- 
pent, ye shall all Likewise perish."' 

Fifth Error.- There will be na 
resurcc&on of the dead. 

Answer. - In r-jgarJ to this we 
believe as Christ declare! (John 
5:28.) "The hour is coming in 
which all that are in 
shall h -ar His voic ••"' 



LOCAL MATTERS 



. Jul I " '""• 

On the exeewrfvc o*e ofTobtKcs. 
In as much as the Yearly Meet 
r g tt 1864 hjB advised and c >un- 
sel«d tlie brethren not te use bote - 
po in the tuna of worship, so as to be 
either filthy, or ofifensive to others, 
and in as much as it 
by said mooting that th 
brethren Bhould a Im rmshth >irmara- 
hers not to indulge in the excessiv. 

use pf it in any way, b-jcansq it was nn,\ trast no brethren entertain any 

Vi> . wrong to do so, I take the liberty to such thought-. Certainly no be- 

w 7 - a A write°a few lin a by way of an a;>- \\»v >r in Ch Ft Je ms, and h : s word. 



mini st e i.ig 



Tyrone City, Pa,., Feb. 6th, 183&. 

" !ii<oT.|-.fii>il ( n*ini,K." A • . 

hi t'ue Companion, vol. 1, page 

372. I notice an article tin hr tu j 

heading of" Inconsistent custom* of 

Brethren.'" ill wh'Ch rh ■• writ-r 

ii >tices su -h as w >nld try ro improve 

on the J la i of salvation. We hope 



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or exeoininuiication. 

Answ.-r. For th • sake of our 
dear erring brethren, whom we are 
admoj&bing te retwm 1 i that -form 
pf sound doctrine" from which they 
have swerved, we will not insist upon 
ie ba 



which w.- should most stride for, is 

the impr i-em 'lr. of ourselves mi 
mir.-ili-iK. so that we might know* 
ourselves, and Ml resaiti >:; to IF.m 



'v 



ho Ul id/ •'.-. and who iia 



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.. \''i peal to all those brethren and frien F could f>r a m »raertt thThfc thu the 

also Matli'w _,t.. 'I", - • who make we of this weed,andhe- infaHibfe plan of Jehovah could be 

the graves were opened, and ^ ?, ™ ^ tee Hne3 raay ,.,:*, to i^roved! No; h would be lb I 

bod^ofthe-eaintslhatBleptwoefl ^^ unbocom!ng it ^ fo ,, . ,,, r> hi llt 1>f illfi delity. But its* 

^dewe^out of their graves ^ ^ ins Vs that G-.d ha. placed ma . 

Mxth Error 1 h chui Ji h. - no ^ polluting the mating th - J of improvement, and that 
power or n«»ht to exercise the "ban , ' '- L : , '. , • • 

house with th • h thy, nauserasjui :e. 

P have attended to the sweeping 
the mietirig-house, n-ar which I live, 
for a number of year-, and have of- 
ten been disgusted with the nan 
oiis filth which is produced and 1 'ft over us. 
have swerved wc UiiBtu^ii ^ th *"J oor ofth J house, by such But what b,ars mo^parti mlarly 

? e . ban i n .f t mA *°Zl ? S the inconsiderate brethren andfrieiuli. upon nry tnind, is in regard to traC- 

hoping they may eon, • back t - ^ ^ ^ rf . „ -. m , K . .., gf ■ • ^ } , r . th . 

fold over winch ( bnst i- the H, p- « r w u , ( ;i i(K . r |t ., 

herd But we n ,uld reuiuel them that I ^ pj . . f ^^ ^ ! 

that Paul *rjte* a- toll owe 1. £ I ^ If „■ l uV e th, brethren V « 

any man that is called a brother be « • ' • eunibTOmS to 

a fornicator, or covetous or an »doI. ^-^ h;n , ^t euo^h them. 1 fully concur with the 

for our houses, of worship, as to ue- brother, that we should i 

ny ourselves of the use of the wead merely t > sav • n wiey and for 

for a little BeasonJ It really ren- poral eeaveaieoce ; bat beeau 

the house almost unfit for de- can there' b other, 

cent people to ait in it. It would inateadof associating with a woi 

'•'"'»»»»• '" LrfV^rtT" ^'"-'t be necessary to scrub fko and porhap rrofan.? landlord. I 

d...-lv...r»,»akesh.,,« eek ; , . . „b ;i;w /, i:;V e meeting can J 

Wewaijewcommi tow betoved ^ ^^ , kno « ^^ 

errmg brethren to tho mercy oJ the , m „, , ., tlu . rtrftnge brethren who i i us. 

Lord, heartily wtshrng and praniu ^ ^ '. ' dweUing houses, and lhave board man 

that fhg rmav return to, and bold -•« «d ^ M|h|i ta ,, t Mr:l!l . preBJ thomie lvee in tl 

fasttj the word of truth. h» house in e»eh a condi- So that the language in th« article 

Subecnbedbythefolkrwiogbreth. .- ^ . ? •" ^ ^^ ^^ rsfcrnd (( ^ :|1 |y - m ^ 

as much, if no* more regard other way: for if we rove our 1 

for the cleanliness of the house of ran I ••-. wi A 

God, ai Ibr our dwellhig bouse them, baoaute <i • want thorn I 

I do not uv t ibacoo m - ilf, yet with ua. 
1 will not tiud fault with those who We need not put 

a i u moderat 'ly, and esjw ■ ally as unnecessary trouble to 

;i ui • bin •. but for the sake of de- ottr temporal « 

eency and cleanliness, I would ad with thin, but rat 

h i ■ ,'.-t i n from th • use the injuuel Savior, to the 

Boveut i whom lis rani out. I 



at t. or a railer, or an ext irtion r, 
or a drunkard, with such a on •, n i 
not t.) eat." hlenfl • the Church has 

a '-riLdit" to excommunieat •. or in 

other words. t> exclude from hr 
communion, these who " #aH disor- 



ri-n : 

J. DANNEB, 
JACOB m:ff. 
P. ErSBNBKRG 
II. DANNER, 
M. <i \BBF.i;. 
A. ARNOLD. 
15. BOWMAN, 

8. G \i;bfu. 



M. ki;\i h.. 
PHILIP ENGLE 
.KH1N GLICK, 
.!. BOWM \n. 
DAN'LMEYER, 
C. HASER, 
mtn. BOWJ i; 



Tl Conscience, enlightened in ehild- of it during worship. 
%\ d, will shed its -a, of life and D. SNOWB 



'y\ hood, w\\\ shed its raj 
A* light on all the rip rr • 



n 

a.. 



Hntrfj .1 u (, /'.'. 



foro Mon 



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which *»e would Bpend at a hotel | them abide with. II* he "can keep 

him free, let him say so ; if for half 

price, let him signify it; but he 

•\ should not My, "O, ves vou are wel- 

ih^r,thutootikei« f iuidMpeciallj ootwj we are glad you come," and 



might do some good if we would 
give it to the brethren with whom 
we lodge. I would rather pay my 
money to brethren for food an< 

V 

|g laek M the 6*8 referred to, who then afterwards complain that they 

moved from Pennsylvania to Illinois are SO much troubled with visitors. 



who had scarcely food and shelter 
for his faniilv. 

' s. B. REPLOGLE. 
Martiniburg, Pa, 



i There is too much of such sham hos- 

i pitalitr. 

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Brother Samuel T. Miller, Union 

Star, Dekalb Co., Mo., says: 

Remarks.- As the article re- "Through the mercies of the good 

P , .. , ,111. : Lord we are in tolerable good health, 
ferred to in the above, alluded to I wl . 4 . t . , ; ° .,,,.' 



membera who live in " Railroad 
towns." and as that is our case we 
desire only to say that no part of it 
can be in any way applied to us. — 
We have so far been able to enter- 
tain, in our comnon and rustic man- 
ner, all who have called upon us. — 



at this time, though in tribulation 
and sorrow I write to you, caused by 
the death of my son and his wife. — 
They died on the night of the 12th 
of December last, just three hours 
apart, and were both buried in one 
But there is one consola- 
givcth, and the 
Lord taketh away, and blessed is 



I grave 
tion: "The Lord 



But we remember a time when we the name of the Lord." 



could not have accommodated very 

many visitors, and we took the pre 

caution not to extend very libera 

invitation*. There is something in 

that also. We are somewhat of a 

Yankee in that respect. If a friend 

invites us to his hospitality, we don't 

expect to pay for it. If we ask a 

friend to entertain us, we do expect ; f December last 

to pay Mire for it. If we offer to pay 

him. and he says no ; he does not 

want anything, we conclude he docs 

not need it —especially if he i> a 

brother, for we expect them to tell 

tli > truth. All that is wanted iii 



There are 14 members in this 
vicinity, but we are not vet organi- 
, I zed into a church, but expect to do 
so next summer. We have a fine 
country here, and would be glad if 
the brethren would come to our as- 
sistance and help us to build up a 
church, especially ministering breth- 
ren. Brethren Wrightsman andMols- 
bec paid us a visit in the latter part 



Brother John 1). lloppock, Stoek- 
i ton, New Jersey, says : 

1 love to read the views of the 
, brethren upon the Holy Word of the 
; Lord. If we love the truth it streng- 
: thens our "love to the brethren." 



which is one of the evidences that we 
this matter is to be honest and frank, ■ i a e i .a * ve 

1 have passed from death unto life. — 

and treat each other as members and \y e ou ^ t therefore, to avail our- 

not as strangers, and that travelers selves of every means that would 

bi travelers t and not beggars. oauee us to love those who walk in 

An aged brother, who visits ns the W »J ofthe , ****'■ command- 

, , ... .. ii . ments, knowing that thev onlv shall 

about hall as olten as we would de- . ■ , , R , r n- j 

) have right to the tree of lite, and 

s;re, is in the. habit of asking, "Well sn:l n enter through the gates into 
can you keep me over night ?" before the city. I am glad to know. that. 
he sets down his cane. Of this plan in these dark and gloomy times (be- 



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we approve ; because then the head 
ofthe family has a good opportunity 
to state his circumstanced, and what- 



cause of sin and iniquity) there are 
a few that are willing to com nd 
earnestly for the faith once deliver- 
ed to the saints ; and a few who are 



ever agreement they come to, let willing to print, and preach, and pro 



fj> 

claim the plain, simple, unadultera- 



ted word ofthe Lord, as it has been I' 
delivered unto us, and is contained 
in the Bible. Therefore, hoping that 
by becoming readers of the Own- 
jxiniun. it may forward us on our way 
Zion-ward, 1 send for it. May the 
Lord strengthen you in your labors, 
that the Companion may be made 
profitable to all its readers, so that 
immortal souls may be saved, and 
the name of our good Lord glorified 
which, I trust, is the prayer of your 
unworthy brother. 

Bad Money. — We have been 
annoyed for some time "'ith coun- 
terfeit "Fractional Currency." As 
many of the bills as we could detect 
ouraelf we returned to the sender, 
and yet they have accumulated on 
our hands. We would request our 
patrons to be very cautious what they 
send us, and have it examined by 
some one who is able to discern be- 
tween good and bad. It is quite a 
burden, and no small expense to re- 
turn the bad ones. We had rather 
take 40 cents at first than to return 
a bill for fifty. The "first issue" of 
fifties is least counterfeited, and the 
"latest issue" — the^long ones, are 
most easily detected. Please be 
careful. 

Back Nos. — We should be pleas- 
ed to have Nos. 4 and 5 of Vol. 1 
sent to us by some one who may 
have thein as odd numbers. We ask 
no one to break a volume, but have 
thought that some may have two co- 
pies of the same No. 

We also desire to secure several 
full volumes of last year, and will send 
the Companion for '66 and '67 for 
one unsoiled full volume of 1865. — 
We will make this exchange for at 
least o Volumes. 

Of the present volume we can still 
furnish back Nos. from the begin- 
ning ; and of Vol. 1 we have a mini 
ber of odd Nos., of the latter part 
of the year which may be had grat- 
is, on application. 



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n»ltl(I.M'OM»I\(l. 



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We had meeting in the Brooklyn Brother Holtinger : — Having late- 14 
Meeting-bouse Saturaay evening. — ly heard a certain one, who profess- 
Sunday, meeting at Grove School- ed to be a Minister of the Gospel of 



Brother II thinner: — We arrived 
in Philadelphia on the L9th of De- house." Sunday evening, and Monday Jesus Christ, speak in public, who ir 
comber. Attended ( .» meeting*; evening in Brooklyn. Tuesday even- his discourse, brought in the lan- 
found much love among the members; illg at Hajaes' .School-house. Our guage of the Savior' recorded in the 
enjoyed ourselves much. Wentto me 'tings have been well attended. 17th and 18th verses of the 16th 
brother J. H. Uinsteads on the 27«h ; There are a number of people here Chapter of Mark, and did affirm 
attended 11 meetings at the Green w h never heard the brethren preach [ that no one whom these si«'ns had 
Tree. There was considerable in- , before. I think there might be not followed was a befierer/aad as 
terest shown. Two young women g00£ i j one uere w j tu an or g aiaze d ! I do not fully understand this mat- 
manifested a willingness to serve the church, and faithful ministry. There ter, I leanest some one of our able 
Lord. ' are but few members here, and no brethren to give us a full explana- 
After enjoying ourselves much, speaker. The members here are tion of the verses above referred to, 
and bidding farewell with many kind under the care of brethren David, through the columns of the Com- 
brethren and sisters, on the 3rd Jan. j an d J aco b Brower, who live about panion. L. If. KOB. 
we returned to Shirleysburg, where forty (40) miles away. Hence they Franklin, Iowa. 

wc did some visiting among our re- j cannot visit the brethren here very _^» 

lations, and attended 5 meetings.- • f tcn . The country here is good. fill I Us— 

rolling prairie, well watered, plenty --The least esteemed as judges 

of timber near. Land is cheap.-- were set to decide in the matter." 

Had Hoad near, and many things j Sec Cbtnpmniou^tA. 1, Page 198 

inviting persons emigrating west, to 3rd column, 17 lines froni bottom. 



to go to Philadelphia again. — 
So on the 15th we returned to the 
city, in company with Elder J. G. 



(ilock. Attended two meetings, call and see the country. 1 am well. If brother J. C. Moomaw -rounds 
th -n met in Church Council to adjust Thank God. 



iank God. Peace and prosperity his arguments for his proceedings on 

simc difficulty m the church, and we to thee and thine. JOHN WISE.' the first part of the 6th Chapter of 

ire made to believe tliere was some ~* U CorinUuaw, I aiu powerfully 

jood accomplished, and we were ' 



Brother Holsinger: — A series of persuaded that he is misrepresenting 
DMde glad to learn that 8 souls made meetings, beginning on the 19th and that part of the word of God 
application for reception by baptism, ending on the 23rd of Jan.. were I may, however, misunderstand 
Lord help them to serve | held at the Limestone meeting-house, him, with regard to setting the 

Armstrong Co., Pa., by Elder John least esteemed a< judges to judge. 
Nicholson of Moultrie, Ohio. Dur- 1 D. H. BRUMBAUGH? 

ing the meeting there were five ac- 
cessions to the church, four of whom 
were between the ages of 17 and 11. 
The other was a case of more than 



May tli 

him faithfully. Wc took leave of 
many kind friends on the evening 
of the 19 and turned Westward. — 
Stopped over Lord's day at Warriors 
mark ; attended meeting, then were 
kindly taken bv brother Beck's sons 



I is DI.4RV. 

MonJ'iu, /'</.. .".'/(.-Have 



jlLst 



to Tyrone city, where we had a short ordinary interest, being that of an 



chat with brother Holsiuger, then 
took the ears for bomo, where we 

arrived safe on the l\. Pound all 
well, and were glad to see our sow 
just returned from California; for 
all of which we t.\ to thank tlu Lord; 
and once more we a->k our many 
kind ft iends to accopt our thanks 

Ibr their much ! .. e and kindn 
m on our journey of five month''. 
C.LONG. 
Mi. CarrJl, Ittd. 

Br . ikm n, I"W \. J \.\. 24, 66 
Bruthtr lloliinyer: 1 left <'ln.-a 
40, 111., on Jan. 1 '.'th. Ha I •< pros 
m roue journey bv the will of li 



returned from the country, having 

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aged father, (David Klenner) who ^tended 8 meetings, held by brother 

at the age of 77 «as lying on a bed Graybill Myers, one at the base of 
ofafHictlon, and apparently at the the Allegheny mountain, and iw* 

verge of the grave. Brother lU ur meeting house, at Warriors 

Nicholson visited him on Sunday m._l i» ] i 

.Mark. rrettv goed attendance, 

and very good order. On Saturday 

night we stopped with friend llenrv 
Crain, who, although he is not a 

member of the church, is a warn 

friend of the Hrethren. We have 

frequently wondered wkj such 
ions -tand ouudde. The> do not 



the Slst. when be stated if the Lord 
would call him, he was willing to go. 
at which time brother Nicholson 
said if the Lord had a work for him 

to do he would spare bun. On the 
following day he express I s desire 
to be baptised, when brother Nich- 
olson was called and bapt - 
ministored, notwithstanding some 



thought it would be impossible, appear to be eshaased of the cause, 

«> w »ng l " tll «' ■ f nor do they fear tl. 

subject. Ilul the Lord strength 



u 



lb 



Arrived at Brooklyn, Iowa, al "-' -" sned him in she set, t" the grea4 .. 



.era 

I'. M.. whore brother Ms tin Snyder tonishinent of friends and neighbors ' " -l "" 
pet mo ut die depot, and took me to who stood round him weeping. wniesi * 

pi house. Hi- fiunily all well. URISMAN JOHN. if reward 



v liKer.il, and tliev 
>s< everything except that "t 

iould entitle limn t-> th. |^ 



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CHRISTIAN EAMILY mMPANION. 



f Sunday, we stopped a short time 
kt Eld Jac ib Beck's, where we had 
. and n pleasant coarer* 

-aii >n witli nur ekier brethren. Al- 
ter night motfAg ntopped with .-i- 
Eli ■. lb -;h Beck where we had a 
■ i '. ion, and tin i m..r- 

iun<» were brought t » fcowii bv nur 
vanni; brother Uraol Be :k. 

\lto ; thi r. wc wor • much plea 
arid wc trust, aom?what edified bv 
'•ur aeasou of public worship. 

< hir j.ajior wi'l be ready t» go bo 
in the mor*uig» We shall 
hereafter n rt expect to go to )to-<« 
until Tuesday morning, our publica- 
!.»-., by which arrangemeu! wo 
coin have Saturday (it' anv day iii 
ill • •■>■.■ -k ) to ourself, and by return- 
. M »:ida ;, in >rniog, can still fit- 
te id to our dutie?, wnvvt- hit'ierto 
Saturdays and Mondays were our 
est 'lavs, and thus not unt'iv- 



1 1 a \ e frank explanations with 
friends in caaea or aj&pnts. They 
letimes save a perishing friend-l 

-hip : but secret discontent and mis 
'. trust always end badly. 

v - er attempt to degrade another 
I with a view t<> exalt yourself; thi- i- 
tlot uncommon, but is uncommonly 
sinful and ba 



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V-ar Whit -viii •■ Mi . Co.. 1 1 I., 

Ort. 6th l«oT». brother DA\ in HIMKfl ; aged 
4") yearn, T month-, and 10 da] . H died in 
!•.)]• • >," a Clorlous Immortality . He left a 
widow and sewn children to mourn their loss j 
i>..it we hop | their Iocs is hie irrtoi irain. — 
Funeral text, llrsi Thctsaloncana, 4: 13, by 
K.1I. MiU'iin.l M. Neher. 

D.»n;;:' .IT. HlWJr?. 

hi th *.li.l B.IUI > ran i-li. Armstrong I ■ .. 
I'm.. Jan. '.Mill, mother DAVID n.KSNKK: 
need 77 \ •:■. . - lie was r eceWed Info ,: :-- 
■j.! t it-- 24ud two ■!.!» - pi tvionc 

d ' rth. HC I :'. ■ ■. WldOU «L' i i'-' > 

moarn her loss. Funeral »ervlr - '■•• Kid r 
Jam t tap from isi Rums. 4 : t*. 

In ili- Buck Creek ornm-1;- Frnnklii 
Pa.. Jan. 33rd, -I' ip.vmis, SEWARD, 
friend Frederick and sister Elizabeth FOKE- 
M.W : ag id 5 • ' orrrl - . • i 1 '.» day-. F 
v tie- writer, from Ecol. ItJ : C. 

Also, — iii)>- branch, Jan. 34, nw old f j I ^ - : - ■ i , 

piently detained us from attending — kfyst.u: ag«d aiiout <>o years, rtel 



attended i Bale, and was in usual-health 

public prcacning, verv much against on his wa\ home i 
our desire. On Wednesday all the MB ° I 



papers will ho packed and mailed. 

Notices for publication in the cur- 
rent week should roa 'h us mi Satur- 
day at the lat at. 



and 
the evening, h «.-• 
of '!• ath, and dropped 
dead on fhi sj-ot. Funeral service* by i 
David Brand) and lbs writer, fmn Hebrews 
.: 33. Ai>av i'niE 1 .. 

fn ili'- Warriors .Vurk branch, J<»r.. IC 

T//ADEU8. n f brother Evan and sister 

I ydia NKAKV/OOI : nfrcd B moafha, and 3S 
■ 1;. v - . Funeral sen-ices bv Elder Jacob Beck. 



Chrh 
battle' 



where Christ was transfig- 



ViiHwer to At-rostiral Kuigiua. 

M osea whs a loader of fsVael. 
(> lives, the meunt'on which 

wa< betrayed: 
\ riah was placed iu bhe 

front. 
N imrod was a mighty hunt-. 
T aboT 

ured. 

C roaa we should bear gladly* 
A He • - ' book in tli" I >. '['. 

I. u'-. ■ weet • "Act .i of t!i \ je- 
\' iriue i- a oh. istian grag -. 
A brah tm fli'rough faith 

th ■ | 
1! hth wonW not i-.av.- h r 

in-! i 
V ear is a d V'U.On of time. 

JOS. llnl fcOPP] I 



: I rSTOF UU.NEVS 
■ 1^ lioa i<> i he Conn) 



siveu. inr subser : p- 

'(. since our last 



received 
moth r 



Ji b, Ifolpoppie. IndluBa, Pa. 
Jeremiah Ilil'lebrand, Johnstown, Pa, 
■ John Km re)| 

Jaeoli Kn.n ]. 

Jolin V. Stray;-. 

folomoii lienshoofi '• 

' s-inii. Stntaman, '• 

I ^ ,- ( ui ough, 

Daniel Stqtsmnn, Summer Hill, Fa. 

Joalah Cmrwr, 
; Peter .Iciim. Adrian P U 
, < Irismnn Johu i o 

John John, 

Fr ideriek John, do 
| Isaac Lmi;-. Shannon, lit. 
, Joh:i I>. !i< en. N. J. 

' Sanim 1 T. Mill. -r. iiiit.ii Star. M». 

Samuel St oner, Empire Prairie, Mo. 
' ,i<.M-jili (Inrfsauirh, Summit, Iml. 
*• 

\ ■.!■(. n Kitti nboupc, 

J. C. Fundarhurg, Delaware, Ohio, 

\ M. /ji.'. iv ifvo.. 1.. i.i: ui. Pa. 

Ndaii Ileiny. ( aiii'.ridui' City, tlld. 

Peter (iarbcr, l>ii k:i . . i. 



Joseph Bailing;. Lei 

David Cooner, White House, Pa. 

K. A. P. Horning:, Mi. Carroll, III. 

Alm.i M. C roni i ■. 

Jane Pollock, Davlou, i 

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Number 6. 



Prisoner*' Hymn. 

[The following n ra -s were composed by 
refugee*, while iyirg in Richmond Prison, 
having been captured by the Confederates, 

whil • on their wav northward, in the Spring 
Of 1862.] 

Prisoners ire are, close confined, 
But this not one of us should mind, 
For Christ his told us in his word, 
That we should e'er obey our Lord. 

Cho:. 
We'll sure go home, as soon as freed, 
A holy lift with Col to lead ; 
Co home, go home, and that indeed, 
As soon as Co I tli : way will speed. 

We know it is Go l"s holy will, 
Our fellow i)K-n ire 6h:\ll not kill : 
But kc should lead a Christian life, 
And not spend all our days in btrife. 

The Lord has said : we ail agree, 
That persecution we should flee ; 
And this ire sorely had in view— 
A safer piece we did jursu:. 

But we were captured on our way. 
And here as prisoners we stay: 
Absi-ut from home, and from our friends, 
With no one near who pity lends. 

Dear brethren all, both far and ujar, 
Be with us alt engaged In prayeri 
Thai we from prison may be free, 
And serve our Cod where e'er we he. 

Although the world may at us look 
As though too much w • un lertOOk 
To 1 -ave our dearest friends behind* 
And for ours -Ives a refuge flud. 

But thi* we did for conscience' sake ; 
We did not wish Goi T s laws to break ; 
Vat thos • who will the 8avior grieve 
A condemnation will receive. 

But there is one who reigns on high, 
Woo always oil] t.> v.- be nigh ; 
If we will put our trust in him, 
prison b ■ » ill 

'I I. n ltd oi ail the Lord obey, 

Thai from til • troth ray ; 

Ho thai w • Hi may aland the I 

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Kiluetition. 



HUCRIMHIa 

In treating u].' hi this subjoct, I re- 
fer to the term Education, as applied 
to t'l • il ivolopni ml of th • iut -11 •••tu- 
:tl fttulti hi, in a lit -r.irv point 

of view. I have ofl in thought, and 

re ro icntly conclude I, thai the 

brethr in as a b..d\ . :[ ,• too n igli 

gent in securing t » the'r children 

, and | osterity tin- iuvahtabl • b] 

I ing. In thud .>j eakiiuj I no don if 

j'j '-"tn • in <l i tct with .-..i. 

tious i ntir ilj di for >nt i. iwu; 

I 



knowing as I do, the peculiar senti- 
ments of many of the brethren, nut 
only of the lay, but likewise of 
the ministerial members of the church 
that education of the mind is not a 
divine blessing, for the good and 
benefit of mankind. In acknowledg- 
ing to the public this erroneous im- 
pression of many of the brethren and 
sisters, I feel to say, I am sorry that 
such i : the case with but too many. 
But having frequently heard some of 
my brethren and sist.'rs earnestly 
advocating tho3e convictions, and 
that to persons who were not church 
members, and having been painfully 
grieved at ^;he tenor of their argu- 
ment, 1 feel anxious to brin<i before 
the readers of the Companion a brief 
statement of my view of this impor- 
tant and indispensible gift of (Jod's 
goodness ; but not without first ac- 
knowledging, that I, too, am but a 
frail particle of God's creation, and 
subject to many erroneous convic- 
tions and conclusions, which to mo 
may seem perfectly self-evident. — 
But what we know of value in con- 
sequence of not being in full posses- 
sion of the prmdjpfa itself, is in most 
cases strictly reliable, and a safe- 
guard to error. 

The prejudice which, as already 
stated, to a great extent exist against 
education, in the minds of ma 
the brethren and -it ire, may • 
together be unfounded. Vet 1 bo- 
th ■;.- ] eraut their censure to 
fail upon a principle that should be 
tolerated by e very-body, and oncour- 
aged by all true and intelligent chrie- 
'i in-. 

■! tubt but that, bv - n 
din » ir institutions 

Inch are inoatlj foun- 
ded upon certain sectarian t rinci- 
;it • r minds a,-, di awn from the 
r iligious | rinciple 

I 
why u I • i- ir >ui the 

'•(/■/■•, in 

apou another, in 



the same sentence, or parts of a sen- 
tence, in our English language? Ls 
it because the solving of a certain 
mathematical problem has thus con- 
victed them ? Or is it because a 
philosophical demonstration has un- 
folded to them the beauties of the 
laws which govern the material and 
intellectual world ? Your answer 
turely cannot be otherwise than in 
the negative. But you say it is from 
the teachings and associations of 
those who believe and teach differ- 
ently from what we claim to be the 
original and true Bible doctrine. — 
Very well: tj this I readily concur, 
and do believe that those ast 
tions have their influence in leading 
the youthful mind into the channel 
of their teachers, and mould them 
with those of their associates, and in 
many instances have the efficacy of 
so impregnating thos: principles in 
their mind, that at last they conclude 
it is not necessary that we should be 
so exact in our form of worship ; and 
thereby the true and original 
of faith and practice is entirely a- 
bandoned. This i> truly a lamenta- 
ble fact, and should be' known as 
such by all earnest, reflecting breth- 
ren and sisters. But I a^ain a<k. 
Why is it so '. It ifl b •can 
our children to the seh tob of other 
ruinations, instead of our 
■ 1 of having them t > - 
with brethren and sisters, and thc ; .r 
children, we send then in the midst 

of those who teach di . and 

where they mingle With tho- 
(ai we claim) crr-.ii. 
taught. 1 know very well the inllu- 

: 
the | ower of principles ti 

• ' his | UpiU. 

i we not send our chil- 
dren 1 1 «.ur own sell., tie ! Ah ! the 
r is a i cry simple one. w e 
e none. 

In referring these hints r> th 
lor, 1 be under 

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ted person say one jot or ' tittle a- of my brethren, whom I love dearly, 
gainst its promotion, but generally \ but with whom I vastly differ as to 



lucating out children beyondtae who permits histohgue t> speak evil 1 ndu-ion allow me to wry 

limits of our common school branch- of the religion of God. I claim in aawi.se consider this a condense! 
rould 1 discourage, they gainsay of that of which they , articTeof/acte, but was actuated to 
or discountenance the sociability know nothing. I do not remember write as 1 do; by the influence of a 
which does, nnd ever should exist of ever hearing a classically cduca- 1 conversation recently held with one 
between neighbors and neighbors ' 
children. It is truly a wise and dis- 
creet -\ stem, that our common schools 
are not founded upon sectarian prin- 
ciples. But we know that at least a 
great majority of our local institu- 
tions are. The idea here suggests 
itself, that a common school educa- 
tion is all that is considered neces- 
sary, by some of my readers, but in 
as much as that is quite a different 
subject, I will not attempt to answer 
this natural inquiry. Besides, we 
know that in many localities where 
the brethren live, we have very in- 
different common schools, so that at 






those who have no education, and 
who are not willing to receive it, and 
who know not its benefits, either spir- 
itually or temporally. 

Domestic education, pertaining to 
the farm and kitchen, should not be 
neglected, and need not be, in order 
to obtain the literary, if we but teach 
our children to properly improve 
their time. And all prudent parents 
will find that it is indispensably ne 



the benefits of light and knowledge. 
Hoping I will not be considered 
/" rsonal, I am yours in Fraternal 
love and forbearance, 

S. G. KARN. 
Peru, Ind. 

m m 

l>< »i U n of Baptism. 

Baptism, like every other ordi- 
nance in the great scheme of human 
redemption, has its particular dc- 



cessary to obtain the former in order j sign, with which we should be ac- 



to secure the latter. A wise parent will 
exercise economy in the education of 
his children as well as the husbandman 
does in financial matters. If some 



present not a few of our young bre 

thren and sisters cannot write their 

own letters, or calculate the ordinary j of our brethren were as 

computations of business, satisfacto- j educate their children in 1 

rily. Furthermore, we do not claim ] spects, as they are in financial,'! do 

that the education of the human j think they Avould greatly benefit 

mind is solely foi the benefit of pre- mankind, in spreading "light and 

paring us for business. No indeed. I knowledge to those who are so delu- 



juainted. We look upon this as 
being evident, from the fact that if 
we were ignorant of their design, 
there would be great danger of us 

; ready to I misapplying them. 

iterary re- j The above design we think the 
inspired pens hare repeatedly stated, 
in the plainest possible language, 
notwithstanding professors of reli- 
gion are lamentably divided on the 
subject. In view of this fact, we 
shall as a pre-requisite ask of the 
reader to lay aside human testi- 
mony and prejudice, if he is so un- 
fortunate as to possess them, and to 
take the scriptures as " the man of 
his council." 

The primary design of babtism, 






But that a well cultivated mind pro- i sively misled, and thereby dispel the 
duces pleasure which wealth can- gloom and melancholy, which per- 
not procure, and which poverty vades over the mothers of our Pagan 
cannot entirely take away, — cannot ! lands, where superstition and terror 
be denied ; knowing that it gives new i exists, only because education and 
scope to its exertion; in usefulness ; the Bible do not prevail. Let me 
and goodness; expands its ideas in , entreat the young man, or the young 
virtue and holiness, and stimulates ' woman to dilligcntly prosecute their 

its possessor to higher and nobler studies, and persevermgly improve j we think, is remission of sins; which 

qualities, than vain pride and grov- | the talent, or talents which'God has w c learn from the following quota- 

"eling misdemeanors. given you ; and if the mysteries And tions: "John did baptize in the 

Brethren are we not inconsistent ! untold beauties of Astronomy, and wilderness, and preach the baptism 

are we not idle and inactive in a Philosophy, so astound you as to e- of repentance for the remission of 

go, id work? The necessity of the radicate every principle of infideli- .sins." Mark, 1 : 4. "And he came 

education of our children, and the ty, or skepticism, which it surely will into all the country about Jordan, 

manner in which they should be ed- and you are forced to say, "What is [ preaching the baptism of repentance 

ucated, as for my method, Dcsds no man. that thou art mindful of him, for the remission of sins." Luke 3: 3 

comment. I repeat are yve not too or the son of man that thou hast vis- "Then said Peter unto them, repent 

inactive! Education, like religion, itedhim!" remember that king Da- and be baptized, every one of you, 

can only be fully realized by expo- vid in seeing the stars and the ni >on iq the name of Jesus Christ, for the 

rience. Like the spirit of God, we and the handy work of God, basal- remission of sins, and ye shall re- 

only know what it is when we are in ready exclaimed it. And if, as the ceive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

-ion of it. [ do not profess, wonders of God's creation unfold, Atfb 2 : 38. 1 am at a loss to know 

undar this principle, to be qualified you arc forced, to say "Great and how the design of baptism could be 

to tell, or appreciate tha full bene- marvelous are thy works, Lord God more clearly and forciBly stated, 

fits of a well educated mind. Bui Almighty, just and true are thy ways than in the above quotations, for it 

when I hear a brother or sister, or thou king of saints," hear in mind is evident that for is used as lan illa- 

any one else, speak against the utili- the Prophet has long since said it, tive word, i. c., one that assigns the 

tv and necessity of a well disciplined and that we know nothing more than Scsign or object, viz: the remission 

mind; it reminds me of the sinner our forefathers knew. of sins. But to show further that 





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/"/■ is used in this, we take the fol- 
lowing quotation: "And Joseph 
gave tliein bread in exchange for 



that "while Peter vet spake these 
words, the Holy Ghost fell on all 
them which heafd the word, and 



horses, and for flocks, and for the thev of the circumcision, which he 



cattle of the herds." Gen, 47 :1 i . 
That for here shows that the design 



lieved were astonished, as many as 
came with Piter, because that on 



of Joseph in giving them bread was . the Gentiles also was poured out the 
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to receive horses, flocks, and the 
cattle of the herds, is certainly be- 
yond successful cavil. 

This reasoning being true, we 



gift of the Holy Ghost. Then, an- 
swered Peter, cah_ any men forbid 
water that these should not be bap- 
tized which have received the IIolv 



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think we justly claim the other re as- Ghost as well as we. and he com- 

oning to be true also ; based upon J manded them to be baptized in the 

the use of the word for, which in ' name of the Lord." We infer that 

each u used as an illative word. tins was unusual, because those who , 

As turtner evidence of the true ; accompanied Peter were surprised, : and of the Spirit, he cannot enter 
sign, or object m baptism, we give that the Gentiles should bp dm* tl,,. L-;„.„l.,„ n f i, •> ml _• 



if the will is a legal one. When the 
thief on the cross received that glori- 
ous promise, the testator wa- 
in ing, and he had a legal right to 
bestow any blessing he saw fit, with- 
out destroying the great purpose or 
n of the will, but now. as the 
testator is dead, and -has peased to 
tabernacle here in the flesh," we 
must necessarily be guided bv the 
letter, of the will, which teaches as, 
that "he that belie veth and is bap- 
tized shall be saved, but he that be- 
lieveth not shall be dammed," and 
"except a man be born of the water 






design, or object in baptism, we give that 
you the words of Paul in his con- 
fession. " And now why tarriest 



G .tiles should be thus 
favored ; also from the contention 
that afterwards arose between Peter 



thou? arise, and be baptized, and! and the rest of the apostles, respect- 
wash away thy sins." Acts 22: 16. 
Here however the result of baptism 



ins the matter. 

It is pleasing to know with what 



the same train of proof. 



is spoken of, rather, but comes in J ease God accomplished bis design 

+li<i ..,,,.., *-^:^ „<■ „_~_r i • . i • /* ~ . o 



in this, for as soon as Corneleus had 



Again, "Christ also loved the stated the manner of his conversion' 
church, and gave^ himself for it, that | Peter says, " of a truth I perceive 



he might sanctify and cleanse it, 
with the washing of water, by the 
word." That baptism i- here meant 

wc infer, from " by the word, i. e. 
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. - ' 



that God is no respecter of persons, 
but in every nation he that feareth 
him, and worketh righteousnes, is 
accepted with him." And after 
thev receive! 



the kingdom "of heaven." We i 
no wise deny Christ the power since 
his death that he had previously, 
but we affirm that we have not that 
assurance that many claim, besides 
it is contrary to the scheme which 
Christ has introduced. 

Some zealous persons claim that 
baptism is the door into the church; 
we however think that the scriptures 
support the idea, that that which it 
accomplishes is. the door into the 
church. Our opponents say that 
" baptism i< the answer of a" 
consci( ." » which we find n< 



recenel the Holy Ghost lie j > 
We «unk we have shown, without makes an appeal, whether there can j iction, but our purpose in this arti- 
a strained use of language, that the be any objection to their b rfng ban- cle has been to notice the desi, ' f 
primary, scriptural designer object Used. And in the contention whic^ I W / V 

ni baptism h the rena m »n of Bins, followed, as > i as I \ 

this. "they held their peace, Bay inc. 
then hath U .to the 



Put as the treatment of a subj 

usually regarded incomplete, unless 

safisfaction is rendej -1 on • 

called objections, we therefore, under 

this head, shall notice the baptism 

of Corneleus and his household, afterward 

which is the only instance in the 



We now leave the subject with 
you, bi Iding you rei . mber that 

'•cursed U he that trust -th in man, 
ranted repentance of li . taketh flesh for hu ' and 

• to the rebellious children 



we nowhere find that :. 

ject of dispute am >ng the a] 



The thi if uii the •. re- 



sacred volumes ol remission of riii | t ,. by our opponents, but if is 

un, which, if properly nly without effect because 

understood, id a eood example of Christ nei 



the great wisdom of th 



< 'reator. 



and I kn ,w of D I Inch 



. . .*...i i n.it'111 ui nil MI MJU! 

it is known to the reader, that tlie a me that he was ', 

try ol the church at the tinie that vast number that bad be to bap 

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saiih the Lord, that take counsel, hut 
f me, that cover with a cover- 
ing, but not of uiv spirit." 

1. J. ROSENBEBGER. 



linds wor • prejudice 
'•■ utiles, i. ■:; »ving th . 



'■ ial sch ime of human r 
tion tras onlj d isigned for th 

!il benefit. To remove this 
prejudice, « v think, was the d 
pi thi; unusu il remission of sin 
receiving the gift of the Holj GhoBt 
, before baptism : or a; [east it had 
/.p^. that iitTcet. F.,r we find in A.CtS 1". 



!' 
I reliable 



But link 



I • not, that charitv t > th. 

is the Boul of charity, 'i :. 
evil, from which _\,o t eau d ii\ . ;• a 
I I with 

ni ob- 
ko that 

• W " tM ' " :il is 

cir an individual Dial 

a- lie is lit fug, it will h:i ^.^ 

on the will for the I 
a portion of his | r< | 
1 roper, 

death the | r »p i- :.. 



Man • anything to pur 

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''* Companion. 
On Voting. 

Brother Holringer: — A reply to 
art former article on the above 
Darned Bubjeet Ins appeared in the 
Companion] not from a brother 
however, as I had reason to expect, 
hut from a si>tcr. Nevertheless, 
this makes hut little difference : the 
subject under consideration being of 
great importance to all the members 
of the Brotherhood, both male and 
female. 

Before noticing a few points in 
sister Kupel's reply, I would re- 
spectfully request the readers of the 
Companion to refer to Nos. 39 and 
4'3, and read my and her communi- 
cations having the same caption as 
above ; so that they may form a cor- 
rect judgment of the discussion, and 
understand properly what I am now 
about to write. 

Our sister is informed, that her 
unworthy brother trusts he is not 
looking bark into the world again, 
hut forward with "full assurance of 
faith," to the time when the " Gospel 
Plough" will have uprooted and de- 
stroyed all the rank weeds of ignor- 
ance, error, prejudice, bigotry, and 
sin ; and the great " Sower" have 
for his harvest a converted world. 
Nor docs he admit that he is the 
subject of two Kingdoms, but believes 
he may be a subject of the Kingdom 
of Heaven, and at the same time, a 
loyal citizen of the '•progressive" Re- 
public of the United States, exercising 
most of the rights and duties of citizen- 
ship: and among the rest <•< rtainly the 
right of suffrage, without compromis- 
ing his fealty to his divine Master. 

Sister Rupcl says : — "If we are 
christians there are no politics 



but I firmly believe and aver, that 
we may east the bailot without the 
least taint of party politics clinging 
to us. If we vote with a view to 
light great wrongs ; to do good to 
our fellow men; to let the oppressed 
go free ; to promote christian princi- 
ple, or to enyraft the latex of Christ 
upon the fundamental lawn of the 
government^ wc are not politicians, 
but strictly within the line of our 
duty to God and man. 

My respondent asks me to show 
her "one iota in God's word to di- 
rect a follower of Jesus to the polls." 
With equal propriety might I ask 
her to show me the reverse ; but 
neither can be done. If a command 
or prohibition to vote had been given 
in the scriptures to the followers of 
Jesus, it must necessarily have been 
prophetical in relation to these mod- 
ern times, for the following reason: 
The Israelites, through whom the 
scriptures of the Old Testament were 
given, had but little or no voice in 
the choice of their rulers, or in mat- 
tors relating to their government, 
which was a Theocracy, up to the 
time of King Saul, (Bead the 8th 
chapter of 1st Samuel) and from that 
time to their subjugation by the Ro- 
mans, a hereditary monarchy, nearly 
absolute. 

The Roman empire, under which 
the Jews were vassals at the time 
when Christ and his apostles, who 
wrote the books of the New Testa- 
ment, lived upon the earth, was a 
heathen despotism, in which not 
even Roman citizens, much less the 
conquered Jews, had the right 
suffrage : hence during the ages 
time in which the scriptures were 



written, there was no such things as 
I admit that a partizan j an election, ballot box, or "polls," 
bias, without any higher motive among the people who wrote them, 
than a desire fo$ party ascendency, It is certain there is no mention 
is very far from right; but if the de- made of any thing of the kind in the 



sire for party ascendency is actuated 
by a wish, or an expectation that 
a great wrong to our fellow man 
may thereby he more firmly estab- 
lished, it amounts to a heinous sin ; 
whether the person, who harbors 
that wish or exportation, votes or 
not ; for God is a discerner of the 
thoughts, intents, and purposes of 
the heart, and judges accordingly ; 



leave it, who enjoy his unprecedented 
irift of a government that guarantees 
religious freedom and protection to > 
all. 

Even if Christ had required his 
follcjwers to refrain entirely from 
taking any part, had that been possi- 
ble, in the Roman Government, vet 
that prohibition would not necessarily 
apply to the government of the 
United States. The established re- 
ligion of the Roman Empire was a 
heathen mythology among the most 
idolatrous and corrupt that have 
ever existed in the world ; that of the 
United States is Christianity. By 
authority of the former government, 
Christ and many of his followers 
were put to a painful and ignomini- 
ous death. By authority of the lat- 
ter, the Saints are protected and 
permitted "to lead a quiet and peace- 
able life, in all godliness and hon- 
esty." (1 Tim. 2 : 2.) Whereas 
the former attempted to destroy, the 
latter promulgates the gospel. 

Permit me to give one item of 
proof of my assertion, that our gov- 
ernment promulgates the gospel. — 
The County Superintendents of the 
puplic schools of Pennsylvania, and 
of other States, arc instructed, by 
authority of the State governments 
to recommend the reading of the 
scriptures by the teachers to their 
schools, without any comment. The 
direct question is put to each teach- 
er: — "Do you read the scriptures to 
your school ?" 

What better means could be 

adopted to publish the truths and to 

of inculcate the unadulterated princi- 

of'ples of Christianity than to write 

them upon the plastic and uninscribed 

tablets of the hearts of the young? 

1 suppose there is no brother who 

would not think it a duty to go to 

the township or ward elections, and 

assist in choosing a reliable School 

children might 




New Testament." Then, if there is ! Board, so that his v....v,.^ fc 

any reference made to it in the Bi- have the benefit of efficient teachers 
hie, it must as a necessary conse- ' and good schools. Then if it is the 
quence be piophetical, as before ' duty of parents to provide the very 
stated and contained in the OldTes-j best schools possible for their clnld- 
tament— but I cannot find any such ren, through the moans of the ballot 
reference God, we may infer from , box, how can they shift from them- 
this, has left the matter to the judg- Belves the responsibility of perpotua- 
ment and consciences of his people | ting and improving, by the same 
individually, and there should we i means, the beneficent government 



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which has established thosi schools ; quitted toil of their fellow man, knew 
and of helping to elect officers who j no bounds ; and that they immedi- 
will administer that government j ately "appealed from the ballot to 



faithfully, for the well being of all 
the people ? The former duty has a 
direct bearing onlv on the welfare 
of our immediate descendants; the 
latter reaches down in its paternal 
solicitude and provision to all gen- 
erations of our posterity. 

The sister in commenting upon my 
opinion that the brotherhood ought 
to allow each member to exercise 
the convictions of his own conscience 
in the matter of voting, and that our 
church would eventually return to 
this her time honored precedent, 
' makes the following declaration: — 
"It is not only my opinion but un- 
solemn conviction, that after dilli- 
geutly searching &c. for our duty to 
God and man, neither the brother 
nor the church will go back into and 
do that again, which they can now 
see brought envy, ill-will, hatred and 
bloodshed, and caused tens of thous- 
ands of lives to be taken, property 
destroyed, and our brethren, as well 
a; many others, to lie burnt out of 
house and home." In this utterance 
she verv clearlv charges the breth- 
nm who exercised the right of raff 
rage prior to the iate civil war with 
having helped, by that mean-, t . 
cause that war, and all the t -rrihle 

cense [nonces, which - . 

This we think, is, bo say the li 

uncharitable. She ought to rem 

her, that sla\ en , a damning sin a- 

gainst God and man, existed in a 

large section of our country ; that 

the enslavers of their fellow men, and 
their partisan and interested excua- 
ers insisted upon the unlimited ex- 
tension of the great . curse ; that it 
.wag to prevent the consummatio 
this tricks I design, an I d it to ci 
war, thai m i thren, 

sistently with the testimony and 'li-v 

ciplin • of our cburcl • human 



the bullet," determining to destroy 




time, that he may enjoy himself for ( 
ever. What is the world to them ^ 
that are in the grave, where our v 
bodies must shoitlv be ? Or to them 



the government they could no longer i that are in eternity, where our souls 



wield, and prostitute w.holy BO 
wicked purposes of oppression. 
To he eotttxitufd. 



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Selected for lite Companion. 
The Ilea wiil> Itauquel . 

All things are progressiva here, 
but they are not perpetual ; they 
could not be otherwise advancing to 
perfection. Our Sabbaths return 
in their season, and remain only for 
son. Our mtnist >rs, like the 
messengers from heaven in former 
davs, th? angels who were sent to 
the patriarchs, deliver their message, 
and disappear. Many gather round 
the grave of one, and take up the la- 
mentation. Alas, my brother ! or 
exclaim, my father! My father! 
the chariot of Israel, and the horse- 
men thereof!" And his offices are 
performed, his place is filled by an- 
other. So we pass away in succes- 
sion. The table spread here i- 
tinually shifting its guests : but it is 
not so with the banquet of eternity. 

It is heaven ; for there the guests 
are uniform. Here they are gath- 
ering from all nations, they 
different tables, call themselves by 
different names, speak a different 
mentions. I tongue, range under a different par- 
ty, and are sometimes scarcely in 
charity with each other. But there 
collected from a'l parts of the world 

appear in one dross, to 

called by one name, they meet in 

one place, they participate on sal 
ration, th -y are of one heart, and of 
one mind. Here, they differ in tal- 
ents : and even there, they shall ) rob- 
ably differ in glory ; but the gl"ry 
of each shall be perfoct in itself; and 
bai py spii it -1, Jl i 

much as || can enj > . - . that, while 
lilf. 



must shortly be. 

If. then, the feast intends the dis- 
pensation of the gospel generally, it 
must refer to heaven, where the 
whole is complete. Are you d -ir- 
ons of sharing these eternal benefits? 
what will hinder you ''. Ap] roach ; 
for vet there is room. 

s. BEAVER. 

\~i<ktburg, Pa. 



aioer in glory, they are alike 
bondage, went to the poll* and assia and equal in enjoyment, each po 
ted t-. pin ,n authority, wb loh a> it can grasp. There 

would interne i glory of the. id another 



ament to itaj the progi 
ward of this tide of dreadful oppres- 
sion and w rOng ; that a- SO Ifl 

advocate of freedom w< re | laced in 
power, the wrath ofthose bard bear 

ted men, who lived upon the 'inr- 



glory of the moon, and an 
ryoithe stars. Look backwards, 

and time wai not ; 

look forwards, and oui souls will he 

when time shall D I 

Who will not deny himself for » 



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Villi. IK. II-.. 

If there is any one class of the 
human family t) whom my svmpa- 
thi ■< are extended more than an >th- 
er, i: is that class known by the ap- 
pellation of afflicted. To those that 
are in the bloom of health, ■ 
cheeks a.e tinged by its ruddy glow 
— whose form exhibits in b >th men- 
tal ami physical, the healthy and the 
hearty man ; tj such it is i lie, and 
nonsensical to tell them of afflictions. 
They may express to you and may 
feel it. their hearts, for those that 
are afflicted, but th -y never allow 
the afflictions of others to work upon 
their feelings. Afflictions when right- 
ly appreciated teach us a few les- 
sons. 

1 it. Th -n, they teach us the ral 
health. How gladly does the 
invalid as he recovers from a long 
and severe illness hail the tir-t 
of returning health, the wind that 
fans his fevered tempi never 

pleasanter. The sun never ah >ne 
in ire brightly than on that morning 

•u a siek l»ed he WIS allowed 

to | e »p forth ami tread "nee more 

this beautiful earth. \ - ind hi , 

heart an.-wvrs in UIUSOO to all ar I 

with the appropriate life 

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fni : 

2nd. Vfflicl 

I know it it much 

talk than t - ; 

than example \ I 1 
believe that wc can all Benefit our- 
but »u th 

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-ur trials great, but let not 
t''ii- prevent us smiling, oh, no : be 
Job-like in your Bufferings. You 
•will attract the attention and rcecive 

mpathies of your fellow men 






biow. May your afflictions be light- 
ened, and your troubles pass awav 
like mist before tbe morning sun. and 
finally may you be remembered a- 



mong the redeemed in Heaven, there I will have it. The article" of brother 



which they ought not, for filthy 
lucre's sake." Tit. 1 : 10, 11. Tins 
is the result of paying preachers, or 
"supporting the ministry r " as some 




in disffU]0O, This we cannot 
comprehend -our minds arc too 

small -our veins too cramped; for 
this reason may say it is not so. Iiat 
1 believe as t>uly as I believe that 
God reigneth, that every thing is 
for our good, though we may not at 
the time see it. for God is good ami 
has ever watched o vox guarded man. 
1 do not and will not believe in hap- 
hazard events. If then what occurs 
is for our good, who will say that 
afflictions in some cases are not great 
blessings. 

4th. Afflictions also teach us sub- 
missiveness to God. Resignation t > 
his will is one of the first rules a 
christian should learn, but oh ! in 
bow many cases is it violated, trod- 
den under foot. We should ponder 
over all the blessings that we have 



JOS. 
New Oxford, Pa. 



GITT. 



For the Companion. 
A few Thoughts. 

Much has been written of late, 
through the Companion, with regard 
to supporting the ministry, paying 
preachers, &c, which has" induced 
me to contribute a few thoughts to 
your columns. When a church 
chooses brethren, and sends them to 
a District or Annual meeting, as 
delegates, and perhaps with some 
important business to transact there, 
if they be faithful servants, they 
ought to have their whole mind and 
thoughts about that business, and 
nothing else, and it might reasonably 
be expected that the church, or dis- 
trict sending them, should pay them 
been the favored recipients, and if! for expenses incurred, and no more, 



for ni) other reason we should love 
and serve him faithfull v. It is he- 



let them be ministers or not. 

There are some ministering breth- 



cessary at times to punish a child, rcn, of limited means, called away 
and it is just as necessary to receive from their homes a great deal, and 



it to make us mindful of God's good- 
■ - -Lastly, if any of your rea- 
ders are afflicted in any way, in any 
form, do not let it distress you, bear 
it with fortitude, with resignation. — 
R i mber tli • sufferings of Jesus : 
he suffered and died that you might 
live. His suffering wu o 
by your sin -not by any act of his. 



as a consequence they are deprived 
of so much time to earn bread for 
their families, it may not be wrong 
in those brethren taking support 
from those cognizant of their cir- 
cumstances ; but those having abun- 
dantly at their command, the means, 
in this world's goods, to support 
themselves and families, cannot con- 



provements in the church, having 
an upward tendency. More anon. 
S. It. ZLG. 
Mastersonville, Pa. 

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The Gospel Visitor for February 
has come to hand. From its pages 
we select the following, in regard to 
I our 

Xew l!j inn Book. 

" As many of our brethren are 
anxiously inquiring about the New 
Hymn Book, we would say, that if 
no special unforeseen occurrence 
! happens to hinder its progress, it will 
! without fail be pupHshed next spring 
j or summer. We feel very anxious 
to have the book issued, and the 
more so, knowing the feeling of 
many of the brethren upon the sub- 
ject, and are really sorry that it has 
been delayed so long. We have 
tried to complete it. but our time 
has been so much occupied with 
other labors that we could not give 
as much time to the Hymn Book, as 
we wished to do. And then we 
wished to avail ourself of every 
facility to make the work as com- 
plete and satisfactory as possible. — 
W c hope the delay will be no disad- 
vantage to the brethren or the book 
as it has afforded us more time to 
mature the work." 



But your sufferings are not equal to si-tently receive support, (except it , 



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y lur sins. Set dear friend there is 
relieffor you; I thank God there is. 
Go t ' the great physician and tell 
him your faith ; if not cured you will 
ho b tter able to sustain yourself. — 
Amidst all trials and all Borrows, he 
'; rt 1 you to come, for he 
come unto me all ye that la- 
bor and are heavy laden, and I will 
give you rest." Then go and find 
oiu all your troubles, from all 
our May you be allowed 



be as a part of their traveling ex- Tin-: Resurrection. — The whole 
-,) and preach the whole truth World is full of testimony to the res- 



in which it it writtcji, "it is more 
blcscd to give than to receive," un- 
less they make it as a preacher 
once said to his congregation, " do 
not as 1 ilo. but do as I say." 

" A Bishop shall not be greedy of 
filthy lucre;" 1 Tim. 3: 8 & Tit. 1: 
7. ** For there are many unruly 
and vain talkers and deceivers, 
especially they of the circumcision. 



urreetion. Out of a tree and hard 
wood grows a beautiful flower, leaves, 
branches, and lovely fruit : but as 
it is a common thing and seen daily, 
it is little regarded : and the hearts 
of men are so hardened, that if Laz- 
arus were daily raised from the dead 
unbelievers would not be moved bv 
it. — Luther. 



'j to do this before tae 'lark shades of whose mouths must be stopped, who ; 
/^\ the shadow of death encircle your subvert whole houses, teaching things . 



The world's threatenings should 
drive us to God's promises. 



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x LOCAL MATTERS. 

J Tyroue City, Pa., Teb. 13th, 1336. 

CORBE8PONDEKCE. 

Dear BrotJitr Holttngev :— The 1 
letter of the distressed brother in 



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■ South, published in No. 8, has \&o evening, the next day sent me 

$5.1 for his us 

The Elder brother above referred 
to, is one of the committee to devise 



been responded to by brethren, 



S. Emmert, Funkstown, Md.,$5.00 
S. IL Cassel, Ilarleysviile, Pa. 5.00 



bring it to the minds of the members, " bring to the rememhrance of our 
and you n-ill *„,,:,, I. ! brethren" no more important com- 

I will lr re say it is estimated that man j 
brother Knnnert lost .* 10,000 by the ... ' , . _ , 

ravigesof thewar; vet notwithstand- 1 lea5C re "? ml>er that our S 
ing thi>. when he read the condition has now fulfilled all the law and the 
of this brother in the Companion, in prophecies, so far as his own works 

are required. Afterwards be is a 
passive Bubject, through whom all 
things are to be fulfilled. The in- 
stitutions of his Church, and the 
laws of bis kingdom have been uiven. 



His Will has been given, and just 

before it is to be sealed with his 



a plan for holding our yearly meet- 
$10.00 i ings, but I suppose he will njt be 
This, dear readers of the Uonipan- j able to attend. 
ion, is a step in the right way ; and For the information of the breth- 
permit me again to call your atten- ' ren, 1 will say that other brethren 
tion to the suhjeet. as we can very have written to me in regard to bor- l] ' ,0,L he "*<*« this imp, .rtant codicil, 
easily relieve the pressing wants of rowing money, kc. They are M A new commandment I give unto 
this elder brother. Br; Ilolsinger, cramped, but not quite helpless. I you, That ye love one another . 

have loved you. that ye also love 
one another. By thu shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if \e 
have love one 1 1 another.* 1 

The thought of the near approach 
of his departure from them, so 
aroused his sympathies and anxiety 



at the foot of my appeal remarks: have advised them on the snbject 
'* As there are no doubt many other In the fellowship of Christ, and 

cases similar to the on. above refer- the love of a brother, I remain yours. 



red to. we would advise the brethren 
to take th.3 brother at his own oiler, 
viz: loan him several hundred dol- 
lars," kc. It is true this is what 
the brother asks for, and under some 
circumstances might be quite a 
favor. But when we consider that 



D. P. SAYLER. 
Double Pipe Creek, ML 



EDITOR'S DIARY. 

TJiarsday, Feb. 8th. — Having 
lately received a number of articles 
advocating views upon the subject of for the welfare of his disci) les, that 



thousands of our dear brethren, far the Lord's Supper, we endeavored I be opened his in d to their 

removed from the scene of strife and to comp ] v Av itli the command of our ! «ew, that they should rally 

devastation, who had the benefit of c • . , ■ ,i « .. . . 

.... . . . , , ,, >avior to '" search the Scriptures 

the high prices incident to the war, r 

receiviug from one to four prices for u P° n thc subject. Accordingly we 

] roduce, it is out cool chrittian com- oj)ened our Bible at the 13th chapter 

Tort, From the knowledge I have I of John, from whence wc expected 



of the brethren south, 1 will h 
say, that 1 do hot think there is an- 
other similar case among the breth- 
ren in the south. To my knowle Ige 
there is not another Elder in the 
hrvtiicvhood thus circumstanced. I 

f.re Propose tO relieve the W hile rea du,g 
brother o hie distress by christian ,. ., -., 

. ., . .,;, . , \erv little not.ee ot the Mini er. and 

ontrdjution at once. i/.J* car: '■ ll 



to find references, to the various 

Igea throughout the good book, 

upon the matter under consideration. 

We thought it proper and nee 

to read over the whole chapter. — 



the unbounded lo\e which he cher- 
ished for them. Hear him poor out 
his heart in j raver to his heavenly 
Father: "Holy Father, keep tl. 
thine own name, those whom thou 
given me, that they may I- 

" * * * * " I J ray 

not that th >u should them 

out of the world, but that thou 

shouldest keep them from the evil." 

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V Hill tUULi Jll til WilVL.. J. /»IO l,Uff <" 11*1 

done With cue, without evoa imita, W l »»8 " lr '^ 1 ^tention • tese alone, but lor them also which 



shall believe on me through their 
ample of broth >r Emmert an 1 Cas- | ressed with the frequent occurring, word : that they may all I 



ting the rcrv libera] christian «-t- we read, we were very deeply un- 



set. Let the Eld ir brin ; tho ea is 
■ r re ipect'.N •■ charges, an 1 
the ui tmbe at 'he spirit di • 

from 5 dollai 

ami none will be Inirt, and the 
brother will i> • : 

an I ii .ill ii - up and 

■ ill vou blessed . .ml aboi • all < ' id 
w ill be glorifi d. Vnd w\ \ 
*\'j fail tl lol some brother or '"'* ""'"'i 1 

' sister tnke the matter in 



'1 

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ih&& — 



and euiphati • oxpr issions of the 
Savior's lows to his da iples, audhu 
. commandment they 

should " I ■• 

■ 
1 • We pur 



i .ther. art in me. and I in 

theo, that th »j al-o maj in 

uf, that t ma) beli ire that 

thou hast sent me." * 

1 will tlmt they aU i wh >m 

. . - me, b • with mc 



in order to ham when I am.'* S ■ I r Pet r 



bow t itmnand » i i ms, ' 

t| old for il 



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of the troubles that lie would soon 
ho obliged to encounter, and which 
were oven now weiirhinjz down the 

hulv mind of his blessed master. 

1 BOppOM that there is not another 
commend given by <>ur Lord, which 
is 60 often repeated, as that for his 
disciplei to love one another. — 
"TheM things I command you, That 
je love one another. " liv this 
shall all men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to an- 
other." Chap. 13: 85. "This is 
mv commandment. That ye love one 
another as I have loved you." 15: 
12. "TheM things! command you, 
That ye love one another." 1.3 : IT. 
The apostolic teachings also are 
interspersed with directions to love 
one another. "Love the brother- 
hood." 1 Pet. 2: 17. "Owe no 
man anything, but to love 0113 an- 
other, for h ■ that lovcth another hath 
fulfilled the law." Rom. 13 : 8.— 
"Eelovd let us love one another : for 
love is of Cod ; and every one that 
loveth is born of God, and knoweth 
God." 1 John 4: T. Many others 
might be quoted, but the above will 
no doubt satisfy every one that bre- 
thren in Christ should "love one an 
other." The degree t > which this 
love between brethren should be ex- 
ercised, may perhaps be more sensi- 
bly realized, when we reflect that 
the christian mu*t love even his en- 
emies to some extent, and his neigh- 
bor as himself. If his heart has be- 
come so God-like that he can love ( 
h's enemies, and. like our heavenly 
Father, who dispenses his blessings 
Ct.ually upon th-3 unjust ami the 
righteous, he ran love his neighbor 
as himself, what fervent emotions 
must In- feel for his brother. 

The, to us. at least, a] \ arent eon- j 
tr.i-t between these feelings, iueul-j 
*•■> cated by our fcfavi >i>'.« teachings, 
y- and the siirit, or feeling, in which. 






In Port Lavaca, Texas, Nov. 3rd. 18(55, 
DAVID BOWMAN, con of brother David, K 
and sister Bnth Bowman; aged -0 years, 8 ( 
i months, and :.'Jdays. He was a young man ^ * 
of itodjooa habit*, and was much respected 
lilTfcll who knew him. 



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our contributors advocate their views 

awakened an anxiety for an increase 

of love to the brethren, by all who 

have named the name of Christ. 

,-. ... i , , • "in llir ham.- place, Dec. 5th, 1865, 

Our ministers labor much t > tin MARTIN BOWMAN, son of Polly Bowman, 

., l .., .1 • (a widow) and son-in-law to Elder Jolin 

press their hearers with the necessi- Bowman} aged 36 years, months, and 3 

tv of keeping all the commandments ,li,vs - «-?• ]°*"* ■ *** f" d 0™ child, and 

* . . ' ° ' many friends lo mourn their loss. 

which is all perfectly light, but we The abore wore both members of Co. 1, 57th 

c , . ., . . , Hegt. Indiana Vols., and were both buried 

L'ar that til's, the'new Commandment, at the above named place, deccutlv and m 

k the chief of all the commands of our "ft-} JJB*,. be,d ,„ the Net,, , 

Bai)ti<m ( r, ' lk church, [ad., by G. W. Btudebaker, 
afld Wuj. liindluy, from 1 Cor. 15: 38. 

Lewis Kinbet. 
In ttie Clover Creek branch, Blair Co., Pa., 
Feb. Mb, KETURAH, daughter of brother 
George W. and Bister F.iza'th BRUMBAUGH ; 
aged 5 years. 8 mouths, and 10 days. Funeral 
exercises by the brethren from Ko:n. 6 : 1 itter 
part. D. M. llOLSINOBB. 



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Savior, is often neglected 
is received once in a life ; Feet-wash- 
ing U performed once or twice in a 
year ; the Lord's supper and the 
Communion are commemorated a- 
bout as often ; but this commandment j 

is to be obeved — not yearly — nor Li! *' of™©"**?'** received, for subscription 

. to the UompcHUm, since our last. 

yet monthly — but daily, hourly, con- Joseph Bowman. Harrisonburg, Va. 

tinually ; or in other words, it" is the SSSSl^S^ ^'^ u ibcrty '° 

fruit which is yielded bv every chris- Kli Hamilton, Kokomo, ind. 

* " . ' , J. B Lindis, Bcrlinirton, Ind 

ban heart, and must continually be 
nourished and cultivated, by exer 
citing in Godliness, and by applica 
tions of divine warmth, which is laid 
up in store abundant, for all who ap- 
ply in the name of Christ. 

Let us all, then, cultivate this ho- 
ly characteristic, by which we will 
manifest to the world, and to our 
brethren, and realize within ourselvs 
the full assurance that we arc the 
children of God. 

Monday 12th. — Received a letter 

from father, I). M. Ilolsinger, from 
which we learn that he has determin- 
ed to remove to the Fiankst own 
bra mb. near Ncwiy, this county by 

tb" 1st of Apr. next. 



G. V. Slier, Castiue. Ohio, 

Lldia //air. Congress, Ohio, 

A. Bassart. Darlington, Wisconsin, 

8. U. Wolf. Lanark. III. 

Abraham King, Best Dublin. Pa. 

Daniel Dennison. " 

Isaac Miller, Granite Hill. Pa. 

Daniel Longenecker, Hunterstown, Pa. 

Anna Beshoar. /'ort Royal. Pa. 
Julia H. Knauft", Garnette, Kansas, 
George Pudcrliaugh, Saxton, Pa. 
Susan C. Cathcrinan. Webster, Ohio, 
Michael Beshoar, Mifflin, Pa. 
J. B. Tawscr, Becor, 111. 



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GILBERT i 

both 1. 1 NU.ni 



MARRIED 

by 



Abraham Detrich, LEVI G. 
SARAH it. BRUMBAUGH; 

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Departed this lite. November 1, in the Sol- 
omon V Creek congregation, Elkhart countv, 
Ind.. old i.n.tber PETER MINT/. Biter a 
protracted Illness of some months vhich be 
[■ore with rbrlrtian fortitude and resignation 
in the lull assurance of a happy immortality 
and resurrection. Aged B3 years. 8 months, 
and 30 days. Funen l discourse by brother 
Jai oh B.rk' y and I), bhlveh . from Re\ . 'i : 18, 
in ■ large and ittvntlv audience. 

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Christian Family Companion, 

Is. published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henry R. Ilolsinger. who in a member of 
the '■(lurch of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the name of "G Titian Baptists." & 
\ ulgarly or malicionslv call d •' Dunk/tnte." 

The design of ihr work i.- to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
^yi his way to Z'on. 

It assumes that the New Testament i.- the 
Will of (iod, and that no one can ha v. the 
promise of salvation without observing 

v ,* that among these arc Fanh, Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy ( om mini ion, ( harity. Son -conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has reveal d it through bis 

Sou Jesus Christ. 

So much of the aflnin of this world as will 
he thought necessary to the proper observance. 
ol ib ■ signs of the times, oi sucb as may tend 

to the moral, mental, or physical helniit of 
the. Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coming into contact with 
tiled Literary or Political journals. 
Subscriptions may begin at any lime, 
l'or further particulars semi lor a specimen 
number, inclosing n stamp. 

Address 11. R. HOL8INGER, 

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VOLUME II. TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, FEB. 20, 1866. 



At $1 50 Per Annum. 

Number 7. 



UliuN. 

Wlial is i:«rth:— 

•b in i lit i i iiritrht array, 
8m r. ro 

I13C; 

And Learcn-vr.ird lift my longing eves. 

•■ o'er mv ia 1 b ry, 
ling ray ; 

Grant bllas, not mortal. Iral divine. 

If earthly nop a no tonijer beam — 
If rt : the dream — 

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Cshoul i lonld imnted friends remove, 

Ai'1 r-r.-ir-- ro '_ r i ' ror love : 

heaven) v friend ! I mourn them not, 
Give me thy love, thou chan 

When diimppoiutni nt« J irk and drca I, 
Wreath jfypn'Sa round my youthful h 

Hir.-.i mv ihoui I 

Whir- earthly ills ur. known uo more. 

J. 8. G. 

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PwiHngi 
tiug is a Little 

written off said up lit, and io 
some of our prut* i ligion 

any that CJtri t did n ,i command 

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thai the children of Israel went up 
to the house of God, and asked 
counsel of God ; and the Lord com- 
manded them to go to battle against 
the Benjamiuites. It appears that 
they neglected fasting in the first 
place, when they came before the 
.and the Lord suffered them to 
•.catod in their first attempt.— 
Then all the children of Israel and 
all the people went up to the house 
oi' God and wept, ;wid sat there be- 
fore the Lord and fasted that day. 
until eve. Now when the children 
of Israel became more humble, then 
it was that the Lord promised to de- 
liver them : when they manifested an 
evidence by weaping and fa 

solemnity pr -\ ailed among them. 
David says in hi- complaint to the 
Lord, I humbled my soul with fast- 
ing, David certainly undei 
fasting to be humiliating. 

The .Savior has given u- an ex- 

iu humility, to show as that 

we al-o must resort to the same 

j, in order to become his true 

followers. How can we follow his 

. if we miss one step here, 

and another there. Si. me ma 

a ^ decided by the Church to 

he a part of our creod ; but 1 ask 

the i, . not the wor 1 i f 

If it is not, then it certainly 

■ church ordi- 

nam 

We will now notice Christ's own 
In teachi 
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mandui nt. 1 would like to know 
what is a eomiiiaudment '.' lie tell* 
u<. that after his departure we shall 

Mark 2: 18. The disciples 
of John, and the Pharisees, a* d to 

■• And they come an d 
unto him, why do the discip! 
John and the Pharisees fast ' but 
thy disciples fast not. And Jt^u- 
said unto them. Can the childr 
the bride-chamber fat while the 
bridegroom is with them ': As long 
as tbey have the bridegroom with 
them tla- . • fast, but the 

will come when the bridegr >om shall 
be taken away from them, and then 
xliall they fast in those day-." The 
seripture quoted I think will suffice 
in convincing every christian of the 
importance of fasting. And again, 
Christ -ays. at the time he east out 
an evil spirit, one that his disciples 
not able to cast out, (Mark 9: 

•I Ion I eit this kind gocth not 
<>ut, hut by priyer ami fasting." It 
appears that & 

hold on him that it require 1 
'than praying I ; also 

We will i: »w noti 

parture of Christ. Pa on his 

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give yourselves to fasting and prayer, 
if fasting is not required of the 
Christian at the present age, why 
was it at the Apostles' time, or did 
they teach a doctrine they had no 
authority to teach, and by so doing 
caused sin to come upon themselves. 
Every doctrine taught that can not 
be substantiated by the word of God, 
certainly is sin, and will receive its 
reward, ami ererj doctrine omitted 
that was taught by Christ, and the 
Apostles, is sin in the right of God. 
Christ promieed to reward us if we 
keep all his commandment-. Can- 
those expect a blessing that omit 
fasting, which is one of his com- 
mandments. I think not. If fast- 
ins would be observed in the Church 
as I think it should be, I feel confi- 
dent that many difficulties could bo 
avoided that do exist in it at the 
present time. Let us accept Christ' * 
advice, that he gave to the Phari- 
sees. He tills them to search the 
Scriptures, for in them we thi.ik to 
have life everlasting. 

1 will now leave this subject, 
hoping that the Spuit of God 
will pre3s tooia one to write mjre 
upon it. 

C. K. LURKIIOLDLR. 

Petertbtir •/, Pa. 



For flu Qampaniou. 
On Voting. 



Cantinrtedfrjm j aje 44. 

Our sitir :uise. t : that she can 

Cn 1 1\ > idem «•:<;. ressed in the gospel, 

tuMi ail :u.;t! wiii ever becoiaj curis 

tians. She yM.es certain sayings 

the Sa.ior, which, evidently hive 

t - death, and t . the d ■ 

a ruction >' Jeru-tdoui, :, ... i....»i.. 

her posit o.i, and then say* : -**Thj4o 

as well as oth • *. i r -ve 

'...at t.. « f I IT 11 i-.'.'j . t ;[ Utiw^JK 

entire ted, h-.it to the rev r s. 

N<. » tor the enlighten .•..• .t »f sS 
who think t.i • 

t in: a :» ii.v, tuastft-jgrJ i 

A itruir i iteii 's t sb 
vm'.v.e'ly fiC um/'shisthttooilVti § u 

of in. .'h..-v. i ! ? w'« i in,i : ...{ * 

M IM i ■•. . , a. r i . ,., , ,• \i , v ,? <. :<.\ 

fully tno" harm m i.i, ■*.. 1 n...w s t .at*- 

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idea in question, will unite them by 
suitable connective clauses as fol- 
lows : — "The kingdom of heaven is 
like unto leaven which a woman took 
and bid in three measures of meal, 
till the whole was leavened." When 
this leaven (the principles and doc- 
t.ines of the gospel) shall have leav- 
ened the whole (all men) ; the king- 
doms of this world will have become 
the kingdoms of the Lord and of his 
Christ ; and then every knee shall 
bow and every tongue confess, that 
Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of 
God the father. These passages are. 
Matth. 13: 33. Rev. 11: 15. & 2 
Phil 2: 10, 11. How appropriate 
and expressive is the above para- 
ble of our Lord ! Leaven is a sub- 
stance that does its work progress- 
ively but effectually, and so d" the 
principles and doctrines of the kiu"- 
uom ot heaven. 

That the dueiplel might not un- 
derstand him to mean by 'the whoV 
the narrow limits of the land of -Ju- 
dea, the Savior does not say the lo.-v 
ven was hid in a measure, but in 
tJtre* mea>ures of meal; meaning 
very likely, the th;n known throe 
grand divisions of the earth. Europe 
Asia, and Africa. That there is 
conclusive evidence that "the lea- 
ven of the kingdom" is doing its sure 
wo k : an-1 that "The kingdoms of 
this wo: id Jtre becoming the kin <•- 
uy -is Oi tie 1/or'l and o I is Christ, 
witness tay imperfect contrast above 
of the government of the Roman B-.n- 
] ir • iit the tine of Christ and his a j 
(jostles, with that of tfa ; United States I 
of the present day. 

'i'li re is bat oris point more i.i ss \ 
t :r Ru e!'s reply, wn cu I wish to j 
'i ■'• •-. v t the conclus on of ... . I 
<r..je arttole "Uil r«»t.ug," wiihiitg 
to call t.i i serious con ido atiou o j 
the b.ethjMd to the ■oment'm- con- \ 
(Ueucvi involved m tiu iK'iiii,! \ 
suppo • • '. t;i.-, i'o.jo n .ig cav.'.iu mia.Su \ 
I c » i eiv.- i it w u d i»e our re i ;oi j 
uut c- eat t.i- ballot:-— >7e will j 
ma^'n- thvt .* cert >in * *:t wh.tS '■ 

i i'/j. ,r M • »l»l pe i< >*.UCtUg S].. i.: 

ar.- pr^.'i-iai. whu, v ih* had th" ' 
iwgt. * m d "till .a:.^^. to hi con ! 
dun e ' :-» tha n»ok, bu to ture, auo j 
Bit) -civ..-. ev<«T out *.. • :.i :i i 
u.- ..._. . ..; ^L; m hei!, ahjuiJ, •» 



her numbers, or by the brethren re 
fusing to go to the polls, elect a con ' 
gress wholly under her control. We 
may very well suppose what would 
be anions the acts of that congress. 
It would be to propose amendments 
to the constitution, making Popery 
the established religion of the Uni- 
ted States. Those amendments would 
have to be accepted by three-fourths 
of the states before they would be a 
part of that instrument. After sup- 
posing this case, I asked the tpaes- 
tion is there a brother in the United 
States who would not feel it a duty 
to his God, to his church, to his chil- 
dren, to his country and to himself 
to go to the polls and assist in elect- 
ing a Legislature of his state, that 
would refuse to accept those amend- 
ments ? 

Whether the sister failed to un- 
derstand my proposition or not, I 
cannot say, but she quotes it incor- 
rectly, and then exclaim.?, " What 
arguments for voting!" After ma- 
king thus light of ray appeal, we 
might suppose she would assume the 
responsibility, and assert that she 
would not, under auv contingency, 
exe.-cise the right of su;frage ; even 
if she were invented with that right; 
but she doei not assoiu; that respon- 
sibility. 

And now in conclusion, I wish to 
ikskyov, my brethren, who are op- 
pos id to exercising the elective 
franchise, could you, under the cir- 
eum.tances mentioned a'oove, for an 
abstraction, which has but little or 
iu foundat ou iu the teachings of 
Christ, refuse to go to the ;k>1Ls and 
thus, cast God's blessing of religious 
lib >rty into his face, and ailow the 
'.ilj Ay haul of popish in\)lerance 
tiii persecution to oo agaLi raiied 
Hga K-t his eh'ldren? 

"Coald ywu." Sej«a» in my 

i:UH i"r..tioU to r.'.-0'.i.ti ;.. pUi.UUVO 

iMtti i" proaenrul tjues from the u..i- 
t>i v ,i - • i .. n\ e forme*' exiles to the 
let. an 1 •••i» -.•-> of th i e irtu, -j( the 
i,ti;us hi tu'J iat^itoitioM and St. 
i->a. tholomoW, and of th^ thousands 
>f ot'ier tnsytjrs ".u. she tes i. n a »i ii*i 

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and we are required to use all the 
means he has put into our hands to 
do good, and to prevent evil. 

SILAS THOMAS. 
Phila. Pa. 



For the Companion. 
The Sword and the Pea. 

The sword and the pen ai e both sharp 
pointed instruments ; both cut and 
flourish, and are generally wielded by 
the most powerful people in the world. 
The Damascus blade shines bril- 
liantly, though not more so than 
Guillot's polished steel. The for- 
mer, however, makes only a wound ; 
while the latter in its subtleties after 
cutting home, often endeavors, in 
order to escape retribution, to put a 
plaster on to heal its delinquencies. 
The 6word smites in the open day, 
giving its antagonist a fair chance 
of ' defence ; while the pen steals 
softly along in the midnight hours, 
and in its almost noiseless career, 
often does sufficient to inflict injury 
during all time. 

The sword, in the hand of the 
brave, gives quarters to its foes ; 
and when victorious, stops at the 
sight of a fallen enemy. The pen, 
in the hand of the vile, rarely stops 
short of annihilation. On the whole, 
the pen is decidedly the most deadlv 
weapon of the two ; and the respon- 
sibility a thousand fold more upon 
the man who wields the latter, than 
he who unsheaths the former. 

We have contmualiv thrust before 
us the horrors of the sword and its 
consequences, and we are called 
BBOU to give our support to that 
system which shall have peace for 
its end. We ohceiflllljf give it, as 
we hate all wars — " 'twas ne'er de- 
signed by heaven, that man should 
urfx in bloody fends with man." — 
Vl would be gratified were the 
same call made upon us to aid the 
good and the just, in limiting the 
devastation produced in society bj 
those wars, the result of the pen in 
the hands of the wicked and the 
vile. 

In humorous productions it is 
beautiful to behold tin- nicetv with 
which | person of a well judging 
and benevolent mind will draw the 
line of demarcation, and while he 



contributes heartily to the enjoy- 
ment and mirth of his readers, en- 
tirely avoids wounding the feelings 
of any one. On the other hand, 
what injury is done to public morals 
should that same pen be wielded by 
one swayed by the worst passions of 
degenerate nature, and who, lost to 
all the finer and kindliest feelings of 
our nature, launches out into vulgar 
and low vituperation, without refer- 
ence to either age or sex ! 

For our own parts we cannot be 
induced, no matter what the provo- 
cation be, to swerve from the course 
we have laid down for ourselves ; 
holding it as a direct principle, that 
while we shoot folly as it flies, to 
render at the same time unto Caiear 
the things that are Caesar's, giving 
encou.agement to the diffident, as- 
sistance to the poor and the dis- 
tressed, regarding all with a perfect 
degree of brotherhood, administering 
it untinctured bv vulgarity, having 
its beneficial moral mixed up with 
that cheerfulness so necessary to 
relieve the pilgrim in his travel 
through this vale of tears. 

J. S. GITT. 

Adam* County, Pa. 

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Fur tht Companion. 
Oil I.euruiu- . 

The youthful scholar does not be- 
gin his studies in the middle or end, 
but in the beginning. Without study- 
ing his Arithmetic in syst -matical 
order he would derive but a superfi- 
cial view by las perusals. If the 
eunuch would have had all the pre 
liminary and suhs'-qiieiit knowledge 
relative to the subject which he was 
reading, be could have ant* 
Philips question in the affirmative. 
We can not understand the object of 
the New Testament without a oon- 
icioosneei of the old The old is 
the preparation for the New. The 
v-\n i» the enporeti nature of the Old, 

The\ are twin-si.iters. One is the 
key to the other — the Old to the New, 
and the New to the Old. The an- 
swer "How can I (understand) ex- 
cept MMM man guide me :" is ap- 
plicable to us all. How can we un- 
aerotaad exoopt boom one guide u^ 

Some one must guide us, and if that 
"one" is ourself. W'e can guide 



ourselves — circumstanced as we are: 
baptized in Bibles, and Testaments, 
arid Commentaries ! Why should 
we not be able to understand our- 
selves, "what the Lord doth require 
of us." Is there a reason ? None. 
We are capable to understand all 
the Lord "requires of us." That 
which we can not understand we 
shall not know. The way is bo plain 
that "the wayfaring men, though 
fools, shall not err therein." Is. 35 ; 
8. The way is open for us all. We 
all can find the way — independent- 
ly. But our minds must be purified 
from the bigoted " says-so." Does 
thf Lord say $ot that's the question. 
If He does, go on. What is more 
cheering than the consciousness of 
being on the way that Jesus trod. — 
Then when the " wise and prudent" 
reason with us, we have the refresh- 
ing record that " Cod made foolish 
the wisdom of the world." If we 
diligently "search the scripture*' in 
a prayerful mind, we will be the re- 
cipients of "loving one another." 
Study love : " and learn of me." 
GEORGE BUCHER. 
Cornwall, Pa. 



A Mean 4. Uriatiun. 

Jonathan Hardgrip is a farmer 
and gets out of his hired people all 
the work he can. He pays them 
the lowest wages, and keeps back 
their wages as lone as possible. If 
he sells them anything, it is the 
poorest and at the highest prices. 
He oppresses the poor widow that 
Ik-s the washing in his family. His 
subscription for the support of his 
ministry is a niggardly one, and he 
is very careful to deduct from it, all 
he brings to the donation visit, put- 
ting upon every article, e\en the 
small c;ik.es, the highest price. If 
he sells him an\ thing, strange if he 
does not cheat him in quality, weight 
or measure. In all getting he goal 
all he can. In all giving he g 
as little as he can. And yet as to 
the clothes he wears, and the house 
he lives in, Jonathan Hardgrip is a 
v.r. resectable man. People gen- 
erally, however, looked uj-on him as 
a finidied pattern of m ..i.m-ss. He , 
dees wonder j t<> binder Ihe goonal 

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ligliilj ppnken, 
In . it. 'd^itleca 1 1 1 ' 1 1 r , 

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l\ lili ir (V '»'T. 

bj n nrmeni ft eJing, 
• bcfbre by anger stlm &, 

Ufi lire n-til | .i-! him, 
li\ I -rv word. 

P< r mil sorrow, 

tiittei 
\\ living tor fhe coming iii'ir. 

•I' I0-(!:1V 

A ord — oli I t-t tin-in i.i-vir 

r'rom tin- tongue u»bjidled .-lip, 

V . 1 1 If l.r.llt- '•« .-I illlj 

« heiU '.liini c;ctlir\ ?n:l ihe lip. 

Love is djucIi loo pure nnd holy, 

r i • udebfn i< loo sacred fir 
For n minni in - ' '>' 

1 In. to di s ■ > 1 . i ' • nnd ui.ir. 
, « ords nre liglill.v sp ken ; 

[itttevesi Itmn shly s'irrcd 

Brightest link?, ol life nre broken 

Bjf ■* cingl* Riign word. 




• • y. m goose answer, of) //. Strictly speaking, we are/, 
the* hope t tat is ia OS. For our neither the one nor yet the other. — M 
government, in ease you should see We ai;e pimply Christians. As con- 
prppor to disagree with any of our cerna this doclrinea taught by tb ise 
teachings, ami a- a base- for all our men, we arc at Kbe.t. to conclude 
arguments, I would t the in our own mind ■ to which ac> 

adoption of the following cords heA with Bible t'acnmg. — 

ProPOSEHOS I Upon all ijUTJstidhJ! npbn which ao 

I. That the New Testament shall action is required and upon wliieb 
he our only Creed and Discipline. we have no direct scripture, we have 

II. Thai all passages which can perfect liv ■<_ , We do not see 
be lit .ually applied, obeyed, or un- the* either faith has any direct con- 



derstood, shall be so accepted 

III. That the Old Testament was 
t'u- law of God to all men, prior to 



nection with the salvation of the 
soul, as there i< neither happi 
nor misery premised in conneetion 



Kcligious Dialogue. 

Pr ij'c-sur. 1 have a desire, broth- 
er IffiN 'n-or. to become better ac- 
quainted with the doctrines and 
[ngs of your Chuivh, and a> 
you arc an active member, 1 pre 
mime you are capahk of impart n . 
any information t iat I may require. 
If it is agreeable to you, I would be 
ed to have a conversation with 
)ou U/on re'igiou; subjects.. 

ii. I shall be happy, my friend. 
to give you any information in my 
power, in regard t> our faith r.nd 
practice, and hope it is from no idle 
Og vain motLv i that you are making 
the inquiry. I would however re- 
mind you of the fact that my time 
is vcr . precious, and that the nature 
of my business is a ich as will admit 
est no neglect, and our conversation 
mu-t thei ■ brief, but may be 

continued from ti de to tim.\ as op- 
portunity may afford. / make a 
proper at to bu iness a mat- 

ter of conscience, and have little 
faith in that religion whicfa 

. ot duty rrf any kind. Al- 
•u'd lin.l among mv 

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r satisfaction, uat lahaU 



the Chri tian dispensation, and a!'- with the scriptures which refer to 
fords much useful instruction, but this rebj 

>hall be referred to only as evioTen The Clnir.-h teaches that. "God is 

to the New, and its teachings. u ,, respecter of \ ersons : hut In every 

Prof. 1 readily agree to your : nation, lie that feareth him. 
propositions, though I confess 1 do Uyorketh righteousness, is accepted 
'not clearly see the necessity of the with him.'' Acts 10 ; <H, I'.o. 
second ; yet I see no impropriety in To he continued. 

it. And now, as I have obsenedj °° 

Far the Companion. 

you address me as ''friend, instead wine Makiu". 

of "brother," the term I applied to Brother thizingcr : — In Vol.1, 

you, and the one used by Christian No. 48 of the Companion I see a 

brethren, and as I desire that a .luei^headcd. 'What does the church 

, , , y J ii i in general think of the brethren who 

general good reeling shall charac- b • • . ,,,,,1 „„ 111 „f „ 
n ° ° ' are engaged m rai-ing ami nianuiac- 

teiisc our colloquy, will you inform j taring bbarry; ? Is there any differ- 
me whether this is a peculiarity of ence between making wine out of the 
your denomination, or peculiar onlv ' wine plant, or making other intoxi- 
to yourself? eating drink out of grain 2 I am 

//. A qualified use of the term informed a goodly number of the 
v u • v A , /., , brethren are making preparat 

brother, is peculiar to the Church. ■ . . • f„ .', lfJ . an A i 

,'••••. to go into the wine business, and i. 

We rca on that, as in nature, ! r '. in ^j.^ , vou pi ^yfee the breth- 

ren to see well to what th 'y are a- 
bout. We see the effects of manu- 
facturing the bherry : but says one, 
it pays well. Beware of o'K-toiv- 
nes.- ': it Btaj DO* pay so well in the 
end; it may cause \oiir sons fco en- 
in Christ. - ' If in our coiiver.-ation t er the ccliar i: srea-l of the slosati 
I di-cover that we arc such 1 shall it may be the mean.- of cr a/.ng an 
-ladlv extend to you, what I per- appetite lor dr'.nk; it may br... re- 
i " nroaoh ur.on the churcn : it may not 

iu r _ard as common cour- ' , t • " 

. r pa\' so well in 

, but which I hold as a Christian 



are brothers who are born of the 
same flesh, SO spiritual brothers are 
such as are born of the same spirit, 
and Christian brethren, are 
who are of the same mind, or " one 



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well in the end. lhii 
another, l'aui rec nnmended Tini" 
thy to diink a little wiiie. for his , 
P. 1 believe I am mt aware sjoinach'a sake. 1 would advise ^ 
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LOCAL MATTERS. [9? proposes to meet on Tuesday in- [ 

stead of Saturday, as heYetofore, n 



Paul'.-, teaching. We are charged 
li nine with , a\ul'iilg int -liij e . a. ce, 

a id indeed i: i- ting to look Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 20th, 1366. and that the council at once organ- 

very much like it, ;i~ so many of ize and go into se.ss.nm. Iu this way 

tin brethren are beginning to make 
a drink that will intj.\La.tc. None 
can denv it. What other conclusion 
will the people oouie t >. One of our. 
>i tera roi.iurked one day to her hus- 
band (he not being a member) what in *Mer to save room in our paper. 



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(fee and go into ses-i an 

On tlio proposed Change in tlie 
Milliner of holding our An- 
nual Xeetiugatr 



We have on hand a number of 



a great deal of Harm Bttch a man did, as well as much unnecessary rcpet'.- 



by making and sailing his wine. He 
replied, "He is no worse than some 
of your members." She not know- 
ing that the reply was correct, d eld- 
ed it, and was hurt very much by 
his answer. But it is truth, and we 
must own it, although I dp not like 
to. .f n is made for medicine, well 



he experts to avoid the immeii e 
crowd that a>sembhs op . v u;. 
and Maud-iy. By me -ting 
Tuesdav tlie rieighbor'nj* branches 
ntiom upon this subject, and can come ,, :i Monday, an i some on 

'l'u - lay morning, a; d these Who 
1 \ £ '■'> or 4 hundred mil iid aw iv e t.i 
come by Railroad, by starting on 



tion we condense from the various 
writers, the principle ideas contained 
ia their articles. 



Monday mo: ning. while thosj having 
i at 11 farther will have t i Start the 
week befdfe, and can stop with some 
of the (dun dies over Sir,. .lay. in r • leh 
of the plate by time of meeting, lu 



Brother J. S. Snyder, Rogersville, 

Oh o. suggests an idea which may 

be useful m obtaining the -e.itiaieiiN tJ-4* V'*J mueii more go >d can b 

of the Brotherhood, a. d enable the * oue < i! .V tll; ' p esant method, no 

and good ; but don't make it m ex- Church, through the aid of its Com- !ti ,re t '' ll!l "'■'-' ""' of twenty of ft 

tensively as some haw ; ,ro;n 6 to 10 mittee. to adopt a plan at our next i ' :i ' :, ts that Attend, have 'oppirtti 

If the brethren who are meeting, which would certainlv be 



bar. els 

engaged in it, had no other way to vei-y 
make a living, there would be some 
excuse ; but such is not the ease.— 



Hfe proposition is that the difler- 
eat branches, meet in chureii cum- 



C. IT.. "" ui.un.inn, ill. i- I 1.1 1.111111 11 (.illlll- 

'""'[ m "> ^;»"^'' why 1 take it up; ci l. ,^ r in th( , ra|i;u . ky ofindiv.d- 



lt is because I think 1 see the enemy 
coming ; he is about throwing out a 
bait, and with it the dollar. But 
brethren, let us watch as well as 

pray, ] c -t we be overtaken. 

ARC ill' VAN DYKE 
MrlHc :l \ F.,rt, Pa. 



The BlEssntos or Ciiuisti win .— 
A beautiful wiiter says that Chri-ti- 



ual branches, or in Districts, and 
tlnrc adept or agree upon tome plan 
and then at once communicate their 
conclusion to the committee, through 
their secretary, I). 1*. Javier. Doable 
Pipe Creek. Md. Tile Coinuii 
will then be enabled to examine, r •• 
\i ''.and prepare the various plans, 
for the consideration of the Conned. 
lie hop -s a full e.\|i res.don will lie af- 



nity to speak before the Couneil. 
while by the way 1 propose nearly 
all could do so mi Sunda.-. bj Uciu" 
scattered around, where ftej mav 
perhaps do fully as much good, and 
can p each y\<> as well a - in the ehureh 
wh-'i-e the Annual Meeting is- held. 
And then the er..\vd not beii 
larg ■, the council need not hurry 
matters ipiite so much. If they get 
through with business by Friday e- 
vening or Saturday noon-, the 
still scatter through the neighbor- 
ho "1 by Smuhiv, and will have all 
this time to preach th.-iv. in this 



ibrd-d to the Committee, lie thinks w *f; th '"..g lrom a distance 

it is almost impossible, t . -et sm-h «"'» "« : pattered througb different 

I reasion at she meeting under ?"u*«»MoIding me tings and build- 

the prosent arrangement, lie is not '."p. 01U! another up m our holt 



anity enters the hut of the j r 

man, and sits down with him'and 
his children : it makes them content 
ed in ft • midst of privations, and 
leaves behind an everlastiug bless- 
ing. It walks through the i 
amid all their pomp and splendor, 
their imaginable pride and ft ir un- 
utterable misery, a purifying, en- Go:, West Va., su to dispense u {M<ohsr doltareafa 

r.'leemile' 



iii favor of cu.tailin- the ] rivib 

a general attendaa 

Brother Samuel Bogerj Preston 



faith. 



1$ Subscribers. A brother 



nobjiu", 



angel. It is with jmblic preaching 'luring the sit- BCfibeTS, conditional, to whoj 



alike the beautiful champion of child- tfng of Conference, and the appoint- h 

hood, and the poutfor&ng I ' .teling eommitt-e. tti ,|,;,,l;, ,,i,., , 

jo. It einmble. tin- noble, giv of 12 Elders, oY enefronj 

n to thc wise, and new i fh State, six to 1 i.v 



sen ling the (', nj a 



it at now rei . 



to fte lovely'. The patriot, minuter, f ' e and Jfie res't I' a . v '" r '' ,; ' '•• one dollar, wishea to 

•, and elo jueii( m m, ! 
lime ] ower from its influen 



No leieivee i- snttret^ di 

e.l vv.tb tli.- re t ; td fa 
lie. V" Without thfl i in ■ 

Trusl in biod and j . 
fear. 



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byfhe el ur-h n\ wliirh the meeting ki • iicr hie will bare to mnk<* 

is held, lb- also >n nfl ap t i u . Da j M 

for the filling incien, which it 




iry to publish at the 
proscnt 



n t. 



i Dot be so in _ 
one. i ... u -s mi,. 

R »tbcr Thomas 3. ttol ur l '" k 

Mum IVuik, l'.i., Inti '■ N '" ,i "" ;l v 'ip, pasted <>• 

which has m • i. the list of oft ^ 



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should hear from them. They have 
now been removed. If either of 
them is not able to pay for it, either 
in part or the whole, we will add 
such as the brother may direct, but 
not unless he thinks we will be quite 
welcome. 

We will be pleased to have the 1st 
and 3rd Nos. returned. 



To Agents. — Our agents will 
save us much trouble by sending 
the names of those subscribers to 
whom the money is to be credited in 
the same letter, instead of saying 
"credit on my list which I sent you 
some time ago." When lists are 
received and the names entered on 
the book, they are filed away among 
hundreds of others, and are very 
hard to find again. Besides when 
part of a list only is paid, we cannot 
tell to whom to credit, even if we 
had the list. We keep no account 
book with agents, but hold each sub- 
scriber responsible for his own sub- 
scription, as though he had subscrib- 
ed for himself. 



Double Sheet. — We expect 
next week to issue a double sheet, 
in order to make up for the lost 
week. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



Brother HoUinger : — By special 
request, (not by brother Wrights- 
man,) I submit the following sad let- 
ter, and also an appeal made by a 
brother of our congregation. 
Freldom, Washington co., Tenn. ) 
Jan. 30th, 1866 \ 

Jacob Longenecker, Dear Broth- 
er in Christ. I take this opportuni- 
ty to answer your very welcome let- 
ter. But in consequence of my ab- 
sence from home, your letter could 
not be answered until now, having 
been in the West on a preaching 
tour, and just arrived home safely. 
I enjoyed myself very much while 
traveling, and hope much good has 



been done in the name of the Lord. 
I will endeavor to answer you inter- 
rogations as best I can. I do not 
ieel to complain of our destitute lot, 
or set myself, or ourselves up as beg- 
gars ; but I feel it my duty, especial- 
ly when called upon, to state to you 
dear brethren our condition, and 
leave it to your judgment as to wheth- 
er we are yet needy or not. You 
will see in the Companion of Oct. 
31st, and the Visitor Dec. No., my 
report of the money sent last sum- 
mer, and how distributed, where you 
see that only $10 and $15 could be 
given to families of poor widows and 
a number of helpless children, where 
wheat has been sold, ever since last 
spring, at $2 per bushel, corn $1, 
bacon from 15 to 25cts per lb., com- 
mon plain clothing from $1 to $2 
per yard, shoes from $2 to $3, and 
other necessaries in proportion. At 
these rates, how far would $10 or 
$15 go in the support of such fami- 
lies ! Many poor widows are here 
whose husbands fell during the war, 
and who are left without a bushel of 
grain, a pound of meat, or a dollar 
in money. We, who had any sur- 
plus, left all go in a manner that we 
can spare. We all have been rob- 
bed, and when the Union army came 
in here, there was not a good horse 
in my county to my knowledge. We 
lived here in the advancings and re- 
treatings of the two armies, and each 
army would take all they could get, 
for fear the others would get it. They 
took all our horses, mules, most all 
the sheep, hogs, cattle, corn, bacon, 
flour, hay, money, clothing, bed 
clothing, &c, &c. But worse than 
all this ; they tied our brothers, fath- 
ers, and husbands arm to arm, drove 
them before them, and made them 
wade the creeks and rivers on the 
coldest days, while their poor wives 
and children left at home had to sob 
out a miserable life. Moreover, ma- 
ny families that are not widowed 
have no horses and no money to buy, 
as they were robbed of everything 
out of which to make money. Our 
last year's wheat crop was a failure 
in consequence of the rust injuring 
it, and many fields were not harvest- 
ed. The average yield throughout 
the state is estimated at 2 bushels to 



the acre. Corn was tolerably good Ci 
in good land, but on poor upland it f r 
was very light in consequence of the ^ * 
drouth last summer. The Govern- 
ment issued rations to the destitute 
while the armies were here, but since 
they are gone the government is not 
doing a-ny thing for the poor at pres- 
ent. I suppose the widows will draw 
a pension after a while. Perhaps 
not until the war debt is paid. But 
we have also many widows whose 
husbands were slain in the Rebel 
army that will not draw any thing 
but disgrace. Now dear brother 
and brethren, from what I have al- 
ready written, you can judge for 
yourselves, hoping the Lord will di- 
rect you all in the right way. As 
for myself, I have been made quite 
destitute by the rebellion. Our 
stock taken, grain and produce of 
every kind. Wc have had three 
deaths in our family during the midst 
of the war, and all the rest of us con- 
fined to our beds with fever for some 
time, and while three of us were ly- 
ing at the point of death, eight ruffi- 
an rebel soldiers came out and took 
the last horse I had. I then went 
to my appointments on foot. Since 
I bought a horse on credit. I expect 
I will have to sell my little home to 
get a start again. But with all this 
I feel thankful that soul and body 
are still together and that it is no 
worse than it is. Dear brethren, 
this world is not our home. Thank 
God, we may lay up treasures in 
heaven, where no thieves can ever 
approach. Our treasure is safe there 
Dear breathren pray for us. When 
it goes well with you all in a land of 
plenty, think of us in Tenn., desti- 
tute, poor, and needy. 

Yours in the bonds of christian 
love and fellowship." 

P. R. WRIGHTSMAN. 

The wise man Solomon says, there 
is "a time to every purpose under 
the heaven." Now then is the time 
that help is needed. brethren and 
sisters, let us consider whether we 
come up to our Gospel duties, unless 
we help the needy and relieve the 
distressed ! Let us examine well 
the following portions of scripture; 
1 John, 3 : 17, 18. James 2 : 15, 
16. Acta 2: 44,45. Matth. 6:19,, 



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20., and see what is required of us 
as children of God. Let us not keep 
our treasures hid in a napkin, nor 
h:de it in the earth, but iet us put it 
to the exchangers, so that when the 
Lord will come, or call us from this 
unfriendly world, he will receive his 
own with usury, and will pronounce 
the blessing upon us, "well done, 
good and faithful servant ;" and the 
promise "thou hast been faithful o- 
ver a few things, I will make thee ru- 
ler over many things ; enter thou in- 
to the joys of thy Lord." 

The Savior also declares that in- 
asmuch a3 we do good to our desti- 
tute brethren in providing them with 
the necessaries and comforts of life, 
we do it to him in the same manner. 
1 am persuaded that many of our 
brethren and sisters could contribute 
$50 each, to supply the needy breth- 
ren, sisters, friends, and enemies in 
the South, without ieelinii the least 
inconvenience, and I am convinced 
by so doing through pure love and 
compassion, that their reward will 
be a good one. I, for my part, will 
give at least $100. This I feel ray 
duty as a servant of Jesus Christ."" 
A BlolHBB. 

Dear readers, contemplate the sad 
and graphic uarative contained in 
this letter. Do not your 
verflow with sympatheti 



ft 



for th'> distressed, the taBOring, and 
the deetttate ? I hear your answers 
Mho, yes ! Hut now 1 ask you, what 
good will your sympathies 00 them, 
unless you determine within your- 
bc1v*d as the brother did in the con- 
c'ui.ii of bs beautiful appeal, and 
act accordingly. I believe by so 
doing we will act the part of a vise 
man, and build our houses upon the 
rock, JeiUi Ch.i . I. 

- 15. furry. 
Nea- EtUfrprUe, i'u. 

Br,tiur Hdtinjcr . — Whilst I was 
r?a iing \our remarks on brother D. 
I'. Savler'-* letter 1 felt like toying 
a iew word* in behalf of some b.eth 
ren i;t the valley of Vi-gnia, a* I 
was Hpending a few wecki among 
my old oeighoori a:td brethren u. 
r 'roderick, i It mnadoeh, *nd Page 
count.es. Juring the lottei pa.t ot 
Oeeeuibor and tae Lrj'. fv * days of 



this month. I know of some that 
have lost their fences, baras, and 
horses, and many other things, that 
a farmer needs on a farm, and can- 
not replace them without money, 
which is very scarce. It will take 
some brethren several years till they 
will get started in farming unless 
they can get the loan of soma money 
to buy horses, wagons, and gears. 
The currency that are now in circu- 
lation in the South, is nearly all 
needed to pay a direct tax the gov- 
ernment is now collecting. This is 
a tax that Congress has passed in 
the vear 1862. It is onlv in the 
insurrectionary districts that this tax 
is collected. It is laid on Real 
Estate. They take the valuation of 
1860, and they must pay 27 cts. on 
the one hundred dollars. So you 
can see it amounts to a lar^e sum of 
i money, where the money is so very 
scarce. I know of several brethren 
who would like to loan some money, 
and they say they would make one 
safe. Those that were not living 
where the armies were encamped 
don't know what it is to be stripped 
like a great many of us were. As 
far as I was among the brethren 
they were generally well and they 
say, they ueed laborers in the vine- 
hearts o- | yard, to preach the gospel, as there 
feelings I are many calls that cannot be tilled. 



If there should be any oik- that feels 
like loaning some money to such 
brethren I will give any information 
desired. 

Address JOHN BRLND1E, 
Urcaion, Cumberland Co., Pa. 

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Bfuffur lijhinjfr ; — You wdl 

b publUh the following eontri- 

rations, reoeived for the use of uu»- 

robbed brother in the South, with 

the loeompem'ing remarV 

Roc Area Feb. 7th, bj moil, with 

out name of writer, the folio wing : 

"The !•;. U*r br 

whose heat the rebels threaten od tu 

sh'...t out ; BO answer \. 

Brother 8. M. Goagheour, wrttee, 

" liberty v die, JciTer.souCo., l..\*;i. 
I enclose ijil.UU t'os the I. other w.V, 
wad robbed of nearly all his jr.., 

• South, >•; v>i. ..ji r,,u spoke in 
the &jini>aninn. Wiieu 1 read it 1 

could score . % keop :ioui shod 



getting 

eVsirea. 



tears ; money is scarce with me now 
or I would give more." 

Lrother Jonathan Kessler writes, 
"Pleasant Mound, 111. D.P. Sayler, 
Dear Brother, in the Lord, after 
reading the last Companion I was 
constrained by t'je sacred ties of 
fraternity to send you our little family 
mite for the relief of our dear broth- 
er, whom the rebels of our country 
so mercilessly stripped. I say give 
to such needy men, and not loan, 
that we may be rich in the world to 
come. We send $2.25." 

Dear brethren, the blessed Savior 
once said, " go thou, and do like- 
wise." Here are examples worthy 
of imitation. The remarks of broth- 
er Kessler to me are very impress- 
ive : We tend our little family 
mitt'."' No doubt the little ones 
put in their pennies. 1 am shedding 
tears while writing these lines; not 
for sake of the gift, but because mv 
mind was carried away to the time 
when the Son oi' Ood will »it u]>on 
His throne, and all kindred, and na- 
tions will stand before Him, when 
some of these little ones may hear 
ilia say, " I was naked and ye 
clothed me." Brother, think for 
yourself, I forbear to say more. 

In the bonds of love, I remain 
your weak brother in t'hr.-t 

D. P. SAILER. 

Double Piy.f Cntk, Md. 
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Brother Peter Forney, Oomersal, 
Benton Co., Iowa, sa , s : "in spi. it- 
ual matters, as a church, we are not 
along as well as might be 
iov we have our " uj» and 
down* ,'" yet at the same t.me we 
una anj toot the •' a.k of liod " L* 

moving on slowly. 1:, tne lost TOOT 
oe hove added 7 by baptism, re- 
oU tim ed 2 baek-dider», an I 
SOSOti 2U by lett r, so that VC have 

j now about 61 members. \\ | 00*0 4 
m inis t ere, ai.d oix duoporer W. 
had our Lorofeoot in October, and 

: held a choice, when brother 6, M. 

K&J »• ..; :r , 

and Chosen* Jones and J a. 
man, dueouus. 

A »^d a.v. dent befell one of our 
: r», nomolj , boi . T 

on tii* old <j. January l*»l. he *_3 . I"* 






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tie hill, and walking besiifc the 
slippe 1 and fell, th'e hind 

' ;.;is in^r over hid ri.rhr (eg. 
the ankle, crushhi ' an 1 brtdk- 
in a s!i i ' itfnef, 

sii I also ph wed over lit* left foot, 
iiyu i 1 1 _c it slightly. I!.- i dtJ:l 
Veil a ; e tuld b ■ .-\; • :1 id under I 
circumstance.?. Now. brother tYol- 
. I think it would not b • ami < 
■ •'". • ' 'ofnpdlii m \ hit 
th'« affl eted bfothbr. [I wvuM fre 
BonTe C ■unjiany tj him." 

Certaiuly, brother Forney', fli? 
Co>/ty fif>«o» shall go to him e 
week, and minister to his Spiritual 
wants, until he is able to mingle with 
his brethren in public worship, and 
resume his duties, and we hope lie 
will find it an interesting, profitable, 
and welcome companion. 

We have also a " Companion," 
rcadv for the joarney', with a "free 
ticket" to the amount of one dollar, 
• d by brother Isaae Bartow: of 
Millerstown, l'n,. which he wishes 
us to send to some poor member 
(brother or sister) in the South. — 
Let us have an invitation, from some 
one. cither for himself or for some 
one else, being careful to send us 
where we are welcome. 

EDITOR'S DIARY. 

Saturday, Feb 17. — On Sunday 
last 1 attended preaching at a school 
house near brother Gray bill Myers', 
in the vicinity of El Dorado. After 
meeting we had a pleasant conver- 
sation with brother Myers, at his 
house, upon various scriptural sub- 
In the evening we accompa- 
nied brithcr Joseph Sollenberger to 
hi> hoe.se, in Altooiia, where we 
■pant a few hours very pleasantly. 
and returned horn.' by the night e.\- 

. 1" : 18. 
1 1 irins the remainder of the week 
we have been miscellaneously eu- 

1 in the vai ions dutii - 

■ '. ■. and have u • 
I i.d "nit rrest to n< 

' Bfltk IMUnbew can still be fur. 

niag of the 



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nt volume. Also a numb -rot' 
odd No-, uflast year, persons who 
could make use of some qZ th.m as 
specimen omWera to introduce the 

■. will receive them post paid on 
i cation. 
Nq . 1 ant! 3 of the pre^ sift vol- 
ume are short, and all odd copi -. 
which may have been sent by mis- 

will bfe tbinkl'tilly receive 1, if 
r. t irn:d unsoib-d. 

Kenelon, standing by the iv.fiin of 
one he DWfet t nderly loved, and for 
whom hewould most cheerfully have 
died a thousand deaths, cried, "there 
he lies, and all my worldly happi- 
ness lies dead with him. lint if the 
turning of a straw would call him 
back to life. I would n -t for ten 
thousand worlds, be th- turn ar of 
that straw in opposition to the will of 
God." 






1> 1 £ I> . 

In Montgomery Co., Ind., Fehraary 6th, at 
the residence of hie aon-iorlaw, Daniel Hhnes, 
brother JACOB HARSHBARGER; aged 78 
years, 7 months, and 18 days. He bad been 
poorly since last Fall, but was slowly recover- 
ing, and mi last Sunday morning was talking 
of going to meeting, when lo ! he received a 
death-stroke of Palsy, about sun-rise. Be 
could speak a little, so they could understand 
him to say. he felt not much [Misery, but hia 
time would uot be long here, and if it w.is it 
must be. so. He leaves a wife, and eight 
children, and a brother and three Bisters to 
mourn his departure ; oue sister in Iowa, and 
another In Roanoak Co.. Va. Funeral 
sion ImpTOTfed from Is. 33 : 1, latter clause, 
by R. II. MilKr and Martin Neher, to a large 
concourse of people. 

pAMtr.L TlAissHBAnr,r.R. 

In the Manor Church, Indiana Co.. Pa., 
Sept. 6th, 1889, Mosfs ALEXANDERFV- 
0CK,aged5 mooUii and 8 days. Run oral 
Discourse by D. Oher and J. Speielier. 

Same bouse Sej>t.l4,brother JOHN FVOCK 
aged '.: months IS days. Funeral 

discourse by Leri Fry. i>. Qber, and J Spcich- 
cr : St John 5 : -4. 35. 

. 17. sir-tr MARG ' 
FYOCK : .'_ -. 10 months, 1' 

Fnneml services bytb n Last; Rev. 

14:1: -6. 
Thus in the short space of about 14 weeks 
it deal 1 brother David Fyock beriwed 

■ •:' fattier, an 1 » ife : but h ■ 

ar those « h6 b.n r John 

Minut to serve the Lord in his 
days, and led an exemplary, christian life., 
r ;i\ i:m ;i (list oiisolatc iiud aged w idow a sis- 
ter (Vaittnghi mill) and three' sonS) i 
. bureh, • 

• \:\- i vi n 

mm. daughl i Wise. 

i family of small eh.. 

ind, u ho uow b !> i 
< barge of I ! *i old mi ' 



List ot'iuoiify* ,■•,-, iven. for subscription 
to the ' since on.r 

linan, ScaLplevcl. Pa. \.\:, 

DaVlfl S!i itfer, 

John ( OBI r. 

rill :, Pa. 1,50 

David S Pom mi.O. 1.50 

Jnooi //. Jvomr. Coffee Kun. F.i. I 50 

• .J. K. flarl y, jKyleysviU •. !'... \.w k ) 

: /\tet Forney, (iomvi'sal, Iowa, 

1 .">:! 

Callmran 1-, •.•-..':. Vinton. loe.a, 1.(hi 

''■■ ' ■■ I'.oO 

Ji hu Pfau z, fr'.-i .. Pa. 1.80 

-.:z, ' •• l 50 

!il, 

I- i" Mill -r. " 1.50 

Trosils, •• L50 

. Biochi r. •' r.50 

Hi in". Johasdh. « 1.50 

" l.ao 

i Da\ : II mi, ■• | ,50 

John Plant/.. },r. '< 

D. II. Fahrnev. liim'. : - 1.. mi. Pa. 

' Catharine Lou . •■ 

ic Bw her, \. nsrill », Pa. 1 So 

, John Neher. .Vi-<!:n, 01. 
I J. HoUingfer JVtiite IJouse,] I ) 1.50 

I). Bollinger", " | v i 50 

Dr. Win. >:<■■/ •-. Worn latk>rf* Pa. 

Peter Long, for l>a\ 
| Da\i.l !ii ■ k.j -. Camden, Ind. 

Jacob Metier, •• 1.50 

1 llev.it K. Taylor. Doep Kivcr, Iowa. 

i James i i'.v, Adrian, Pa". 1.50 
.".. .'-. Dilling, Pittsburg, Ind.. roll find 
credit for list 

i Elizabeth ilarsbbarger, t.adoga, Ind". L.50 

1 Ja'cob F. Oiler, Quince . Pa. 1.60 

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Feet Wathliig. 

The fir.->t account we have of the 
alj >\ e practice is found in Gen. 18:4, 
in the address* of Abraham to the 
three angola who visited him, which 
ib in the Following language : ''Let 
a little water, I pray you, be fetched, 
and wash your fec-t." In similar 
language did Lot address the two 
angels, who were dispatched to in- 
form him of Sodom being a doomed 
city. "Behold now. my lords, turn 
in, I pray you, into your servant's 
house, and tarry all night, and wash 
your feet." Gen. 19: 2. 

When Abraham's servant jour- 
neyed to the city of Nahor, in Mes- 
opotamia, to secure Rcbekah for 
Isiiac's wife, he was met by Laban, 
who said, "come in. thou blessed of 
the Lord; and the man came into 
the house, imd he ungirded his cam- 
els, and gave straw and provinder 
for the camels, and water to wash 
his feet, and the men's feet that were 
with him." Gen. 24 : 31, 82, We 
also find, that when Joseph's breth- 
ren went to Egypt the second time,' 
to buy corn, when they were receiv- 
ed as friends, " there w;.s water 
brought in, and they washed their 
feet." Gen. 43: U- Abo, a car- 
tain Levite, on being entertained in 
Gihcah, " there was water brought 
in, and they washed their feet, and 
did eat and drink." Judges 19: 21. 
• above (quotations give us a 
complete history of the practice of 
feet washing, proyious to the appear 
ancc of our saviour, and from then- 
nature and time we conclude that it 
was an act of hospitality ; but | • it 
remembered thai tbej washed their 
awn J* ■ 

In the ISth chapter of John, we 

It of feet 
Ilg '■>-:■- j . 

r, as full,, us : •» He 

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elf. After tha: he poureth wa- 



ter into a basin and began to wash 
the disciples' f et. and t i wipe them 
with the towel wherewith he was 
girded."' 

We think the above is the pure, 
literal, example of the ordinance 
of feet washing; and in the 14th 
(tad 15th verses we have the pro- 
cept in the following words: -If 
1 then, your Lord and matter, have 
washed your feet, ye ought a!- 
wash one anothers feet. For I have 
given you an example that ye should 
do as I have done to you." Also 
the promise in the 17th verse, •• If 
ye know these things, happy are 
ye if ye do them." You WiU ob- 
serve then, that we have example, 
precept, and promise for feet wash- 
ing, from Our Savior hi,n.--(r\ which 
if not enough to render the practice 
a standing, permanent ordiuence in 
the church, I'm at a loss to know th? 
essentials of a church ordinance. In 
comparing the practice of feetwadi- 
iug in the last quotation, with the 
practice in the preceding quotations, 
we observe two remark 
first, instead of washing their own 
feet we are DOW to wash 
era feet, and second, mat ■ I I . : 

washing being an act of hospitality 
;t is now by unerring authority "a 

sacred ordinance in the church". 

Hut had Christ the authority to 
make such a great cil We 

will let an inspired pen answer this 

question. In the Jrd 
of this chapter, John says "Jeans 

knowing that the Father "had 
alt things into his hands, 
the Both reraa of the ;>rd ch 

bath given all tilings ini 

■ all |hj\\v . 

earth." i l^i 

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ing stands as a command, or law, 
until repealed by the name authority 
that made it. But as a law is of no 
force, without a penalty, so Christ 
has stated to us the penalty of this 
law, or command ; first to Peter, in 
the 8th verse: "If I wash thee 
not, thou hast no part with me ;" 
also in the promise in the 17 th verse: 
"It ye know these things, happy are 
ye it* ye do tnem." The character 
of this penalty, I look upon as being 
very serious. 

It is claimed by some, that as 
"ought" is used in connection with 
the precept, it simply implies " pro- 
priety." I have sympathy for the 
state of delusion which that individ- 
ual must be in, who has adopted the 
above view. Our standard lexicog- 
raphers say that ought implies, " to 
be held or bound by duty, or moral ob- 
ligation." In Matt. 25 : 27, 31, we 
see the lamentable fate of one who 
failed to do what he " ought to have 
done," while in Matt, the 23rd, and 
James the 3rd, there is an unfortu- 
nate state of affairs existing, because 
they did what they ought not to have 
done. Then, reader, let us exercise 
care in leaving undone, what Christ 
says we ought to do ; lest we, like 
thoae in the above, should receive 
the disapprobation of God, thus sha- 
ring an unfortunate, yea ; a lament- 
able fate. 

But our opponents say that "Christ 
washed his disciples' feet, in confor- 
mity with an ancient Jewish custom." 
This is a mere assertion, without the 
proof, which is thus of no avail. If 
the practice of washing one " anoth 
ers feet," would have been in vogue, 
Peter would have understood what 
the Savior was about to do ; but 
when he came to Peter," Peter saith 
unto him, Lord, dost thou wash mv 
feet?" "Whatl do thou knowest 
not," says the Savior. (But re- 
member) " thou thalt know hereaf- 
ter ;" hence after he had washed 
their feet, he interrogates them ; 
"know ye what I have done to 
you ? If I, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet, ye, also 
ou^'lit ro wash one another's feet, for | 
I have given you an example, that i 
ye should do as I have done to you." 
These words of the Savior clearly i 




show, that on this occasion, he was 
the author of a new ordinance, 
which at first the apostles did not 
understand. 

It is claimed again, " that we are 
under no obligations to attend to 
feet washing, because the practices 
of the apostles are silent on the sub- 
ject." This is erroneous, for we 
find in Paul's first letter to Timothy, 
(5 : 10) that one of the e c sential 
<l'ialifications of any widow, who was 
entitled to the alms of the church 
was, "that she has washed the saint's 
feet." Remember they were not 
her own feet, nor sinner's feet, but 
the saint's feet," which is agreea- 
ble to the precept of Christ. How 
could this widow " have washed the 
saint's feet," unless the apostles 
taught and practiced it ? 

Again, Christ says to his apostles, 
" teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you." 
(Mathew 28: 20.) We see" that 
Christ has commanded feet wash- 
ing, in the most forcible manner. — 
Could the apostles teach all that 
Christ had commanded them, and 
not teach feet washing ? And 
would they teach feet washing, and 
not practice it themselves ? Paul 
says " I have not shunned to de- 
clare unto you, all the council of 
God." Not only the command, but 
example of Christ is " to wash one 
another's feet ;" hence could Paul 
have "declared all the council of 
God," and neither have taught nor 
practiced feet washing ? We will 
let the reader answer these grave 
questions. 

The first, and primary design of 
feet washing, is to teach humility ; 
for he says, " verily, verily, I say 
unto you, the servant is not greater 
than his Lord, neither he that is 
sent, greater than he that sent him." 
Second, love ; for even anciently, 
when they washed their own feet, it 
was a mark of love and kindness. 
How much purer is the love which 
it now indicates, under the christian 
dispensation, as a permanent ordi- 
nance in the church, in which we 
wash one an ttfier's feet. And third, 
it is a test of obedience. When 
Peter refused to have Christ wash 
his feet, he was refused a part with 




Christ. And as we have seen in 
the above, this was one of the testi 
which Paul gave Timothy, to enti- 
tle widows to receive alms from the 
church. In Luke, the 7th chapter, 
we find a woman, who was a sinner, 
washed the Saviors feet, and wiped 
them with the hairs of her head ; 
also anointed his feet with ointment, 
and it proved to be such a satisfac- 
tory test of her faith, that the Sav- 
ior said, " thy sins, though many, 
are forgiven thee." 

Respecting the time of this ordi- 
nance, it is plain that it should pre- 
cede the "Lord's Supper," from the 
following considerations : That as 
we have seen, when practiced even 
by the Jews, the washing of the feet 
always preceded their eating ; be- 
sides it is certain that our Savior 
observed the same order, on the oc- 
casion in question. " Supper being 
ended," in the common version, is 
translated " supper being served," 
which means prepared, or made 
ready, and the sentence " he riseth 
from supper," is rendered "he riseth 
from the supper." Be it remem- 
bered, that following this act was 
the washing of feet, and after the 
feet were washed the Savior says, 
"he that eateth bread with me, hath 
lifted up his heel against me," (18th 
verse) and in the 26th and 27th 
verses, " Jesus answered, He it is to 
whom I shall give sop, when I have 
dipped it. And when he had dip- 
ped the sop he gave it to Judas 
Iscariot, the son of Simon. And 
after the sop satan entered into him;" 
thus it is plain that supper was eaten 
after the feet were washed, and 
hence feet washing precedes the 
" Lord's Supper." 

Lastly, we come to notice the 
mode of feet washing, which, to us, 
is a very painful feature of the sub- 
ject, owing to the fact that a few 
brethren (and we are glad to say 
but a few,) have been devoting vig- 
orous editorial, pulpit, and colloqui- 
al efforts, on this point, the fruit of 
which have been the " seed of dis- 
cord among brethren," which the 
scriptures abundantly condemn. 

Let us notice the example of 
Christ on the occasion in question. 
"He took a towel and girded him- , 



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self, after that he poureth water 
into a basin, and began to wash his 
disciple's feet, and to wipe them with 
the towel wherewith he was girded." 
We will now apply this example 
to a communion, at which there are 
one hundred brethren, and one hun- 
dred sisters (of which there are 
often more,). Now according to 
the example of Christ, each brother 
must wash and wipe ninety-nine 
brethren's feet, and each sister, 
ninety-nine sister's feet, by which 
all, brother and sister, would 
have their feet washed and wiped, 
ninety -nine times, and even then, we 
only observe a partial example of 
Christ, for we do not find that Christ 
had his feet washed at all, on that 
occasion. True, indeed, " extremes 
are, Oh ! how sinful." In the pre- 
cept, Christ says, "wash one anoth- 
er's feet," but in his example one 
washed the other's feet. Thus we 
6ee that the precept and example 
are virtualy incompatible. We al! 
claim that Christ was an example 
for us, in his baptism. Let us com- 
pare our case with his. As a pre- 
requisite to baptism, we repent ; 
Christ had nothing to repent of. In 
baptism we receive remission of 
sins. Christ had no sins to be re- 
mitted, &c. But Christ is an exam- 
ple to us iu point of submission and 
obedience, and the place, and hence 
the mode of this ordinance ; just so 
is Christ an example to us in the na- 
ture and design of feet washing — 
But for the mode we must look to 
his precept, viz:" wash one anoth- 
er's feet." The brethren in attend- 
ing to this ordinance, one washes 
and the other wipes, wd in doing so 
1 ask, do they not observe the plain 
literal import of the precept, ;uid 
hence, "erath one Mother's feet." — 
This being the case, my humble 
brethren, let u.-, with a christian 
.spirit, submit t>. Christ's own words. 

And instead of tearing down, let us 
build up the plain teaching! of 
Christ, for it is a lamentable (act, 

that it matters not how deceptive 

tlie theory, or preotiec maj be, in 
the present age, it receives n • 

runs ; benCS our duty to "try tKotS 
spirits, to see what they are of," bo 
"that there may he no divisions 



among us ; but that we all " speak 
the same thing," and be joined to- 
gether in christian love and affec- 
tion. I. J. ROSENBERGER. 

Dayton, Ohio. 

** 

For the Companion. 
Toting. 

One writer thinks that this subject 
comes up to often. He says that if 
the editor knew how much it grieves 
some members he would not insert 
another article. If he would cease 
publishing to the world the light of 
the Gospel, because it grieves some, 
I would form an opinion quite diff- 
erent frem the one I now entertain 
of him. He says that the world and 
many of the officers read it, and 
think we are the most disloyal de- 
nomination in the world. Shall we 
abandon the practice of promulga- 
ting the truths of the Gospel, because 
it does not meet the approbation of 
the officers of the land, from 
which we are migrating to a 
better land ? He (the writer above 
spoken of) further says that in the 
days of Christ, and the first chris- 
tians, there was no voting done. — 
They lived under a tyranical govern- 
ment. Did they not vote because 
that government did not uphold the 
principles which they professed ? If 
so, is that argument in favor of vo- 
ting ? Do we uphold the principles 
of war ? Does not the government 
under which we live uphold war ? 
Can we be a member of, and vote 
for it, without upholding the princi- 
ples of a government ? Can we both 
by voting for the world uphold the 
use of the sword, and by being mem- 
bers of the church deny it ! Can 
we serve both God and Mammon? 
May we always think before we act. 
Let us watch, lest we be tempted to 
please men and officers, in prefer- 
ence to promulgating the light that 
was revealed to us from heaven ! 
E. UMBAUGH. 



J r tfic < um/>aniufi' 
«■ '•<• - «.. < • I in.; 

1 I many a one win. i. 

oboerrOf it; and many in.. re who 

never thank him far it. When, for 
inttantrt. hi* sun wake .: iy t<> 

Ui. enjoyment of another day of life 

and heulth, as if he said to us, 



"good morning ;" and when we sit 
down to a well spread board, with a 
good appetite, it is God's gift for 
our good. When again we are en- 
abled, timely to discover some 
threatning danger, what is it but 
God saying to us, "take heed, my 
child, and turn back, before it be too 
late." And when all of a sudden, 
perhaps without knowing how, or 
why, our heart is moved to good 
and-solemn thoughts, and we begin 
to feel sorry for having done wrong, 
and a desire to do better, is not our 
Heavenly Father saving to us, "oh, 
grieve not my Holy Spirit, which 
now strives within you ! Or when 
) we pass by a newly made grave, 
i and a shudder of anxious forboding 
runs cold through our frame, is not 
God greeting us with the fatherly 
admonition: "Remember now, thy 
Creator, in the days of thy youth, 
while the evil days come not, nor 
the years draw nigh, in which thou 
shalt say, I have no pleasures in 
them." Yes these are God's greet- 
ings. ! may we hail them with 
pleasure, in time, so that we shall 
not remember them with vain regret, 
in eternity. May it ever be present 
in our mind, that God is oaring for 
us poor sinful mortals ; and also let 
us try to be thankful for all the 
good and perfect gifts'. May we 
impress it on our hearts, where it 
can never be erased. " If we work 
upon marble, it will perish ; if we 
work upon brass, time will efface it ; 
if we rear temples, they will crumble 
into dust, but if we work upon our im- 
mortal minds, if we imbue them w ith 
principles, with the just fear of God 
and our fellow men, we mav engrave 
in this tablet, something which will 
brighten to all eternity. 

Brethren pray for us who are 
vet TOUng, that we may hold out 
faithful to the end, whieh at the far- 
thest is not far distant, for the world 
has many luring temiathms, to lead 
ub from the and narrow 

way ; and may we all hear the words 
in that j;rea.t Q 1 don*, . 

and faithful servant." 

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/'or tlu- t'onjiimion. 
Babe of Ilcllilt-licm. 

Will tiie christian reader go with 
me to Bethlehem, there \t view a 
scene, which the angeli delighted to 
look upon ! And hark! what do we 
hear '.' "A multitude of the Heaven- 
ly host praising God and savin;;. 
Glory to God in the highest, an 1 00 
earth Mate, and good will toward 
tnen '." 



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Oh. was there ever love 
like Jesus' ; to leave the glory he 
had with his Father in 1 leaven, and 
com-' down to this world of sorrow, 
and take fle>h upon himself, to re- 
ft lo.-t race ! Now brethren 
and listers in the Lord, let us, with 
the wUe men of the east, bring our 
gifts, our hearts, with prayer and 
praise, and let us worship our blessed 
Jesus in soul and body, which is far 
more acceptable than gold, frankin- 
cense and myrrh. Ble3-ed Savior, 
was ever love like thine : to come 
iuto this world to suffer and die for 
us poor sinners. Surely "The lines 
are fallen unto mc in pleasant places ; 
yea I have a goodly heritage." 
Psalm 16: 6. "The Lord God is a 
sun and shield ; the Lord will give 
grace and glory ; no good thing will 
he withhold from them that walk 
uprightly." Psalm 81 : 11. " Bay 
ye to the righteous that it shall be 
well with him, for they shall eat the 
fruit of their doings." Isaiah o : 10. 
"Verily there is a reward for the 
righteous. Psalm 58 : 11 Precious 
promises ; then let us live right in 
the sight of God, in our daily walk. 
an 1 conversation; and keep all his 
h'ly commandment*, an 1 g > on to 
perfection, for without holiness of 
iieart. we cannot see God. Let us 
'ollow alter righteousness, godlinese, 
faith, love, patience, m • kness, and 
light the good tight of faith; and let 
HI lay hold on eternal life, where- 
unt< we are also called, and have 
professed a good profession before 
many wit.. ••After that ye be- 

lieve ye were sealed with the Holy 
spirit o.-' promie, which is the 
earnest ef.-our inheritance, until the 

iptjon of the purchased p 
-ion, onto the praise uf his 
) Eph. 1 : 1'., 11. 

Perhaps some p mrainncr would like 
travel with us to the pror^ 



) Pei 



land. If s > let him come to Jesus ; 

1 there conte-s hi; sins ; come to the 
throne of grace : and cast his burden 

, of sin at tii:' feet uf Jesus in earn -t 
prayer : then follow all of the law- 
of God, and keep all his command- 
ments ; for Christ himself said, "he 
that believeth and is baptized shall 
he saved ; hut he that believeth not 
shall he damned." Mark 1(3:10. 
For as many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ, have put on 
Christ." Gal. 3: 27. Then we will 
go on our way rejoicing together in 
the Lord. 

Now Christian reader, go with 
me to the cross. What do we be- 
hold there ? A blessed Jesus, bound 
and carried away ; the wicked band 
platting a crown of thorns, and put- 
ting it about his head, and smiting 
him on the head with a reed, (oh 
that precious head, how it had to 
suffer, and all for our sins) and 
spitting upon him ; and when they 
had mocked him, they led him out to 
crucify him. After they had mock- 
ed him, our blessed Jesus prayed, 
Father, forgive them, for they know- 
not what they do. 

The sun refused to shine, 
W'lwn liis majesty divine, 
Was derided, iiisiiltrd, and slain. 

He said, it is finished, and bowed 
his head and died. Yes, Christian 
reader, and sinner too, our salvation 
was made possible at that hour. — 
Thank God, that he so loved us, as 
to give his only begotten Son to 
atone for us. 

But did the grave hold him ? no ; 

bless God, the grave had to deliver 

him up the third day. 

O ; be burst the bare of death, 
Ami triumphant from the earth, 
He ascended to mansions of bli^s. 

lie was received up into heaven, 

and sat on the right hand of God, 

1 and is interceding tor " J ! pleading 

for us. poor sinners, that we may 

live. And will he come again? 

Yes he will come again, with a shout, 

and a best of angels with him. — 

Then when the trumpet will sound, 

then the dead shall arise, and those 

that have part in the first resurec- 

• on, shall be caught up in the air, 

and thus ever he with the Lord. — 

Reader, may you and I bo one 

among the Gr^t to rise. Then shall 
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our vie bodies be fashioned like his. 
And we shall have an inheritance, 
for he saith, " He that overcometh, 
shall inherit all things ; and J will 
he his God, and he shall be my son." 
Hev. 21 : 7. "I love them that love 
me ; that I may cause those that love 
me to inherit substance, and I will 
fill their treasures." Proverbs 8 : 
17, 21. We shall have a crown 
also. " The crown of life, whie'i 
the Lord has promised to them that 
love him." James 1 : 12. " The 
crown of righteousness, which the 
Lord the righteous judge, shall give 
to them that love his appearing." 
2 Timothy, 4:8. O my soul, j raise 
the Lord. We also shall have sup- 
port in death. Yea, though I walk 
through the valley of the shadow of 
death, I will fear no evil ; for thou 
art with me ; thy rod and thy staff, 
they comfort me." Psalm 23 : 4. 
Now, may God for Christ sake, add 
his blessing to these few lin-s: 
amen. 

HANNAH WHISTLER. 






Shiremamtown, Pa. 



Our duty to one another. 

For the Companion. 

Brother HoUinger : — In as 
much as we have reason to be 
lieve that the day of the Lord is 
draAving near ; and as I think the 
church will have grave actions to 
endure, and grave questions to an 
swer, I thought I would drop a few 
hints to the readers of the Compan- 
ion. 

The Apostle Paul says, (Acts 17: 
26, 27) that "God made of one 
blood, all nations of men, for to 
dwell on all the face of the earth, 
and hath determined the times before 
appointed, and the bounds of their 
habitation. That they should seek 
1 the Lord if haply they might feel 
after him and find hiin, though he 
be not far from every one of us." — 
This I think is plain that God is not 
far from the children of men. But 
perhaps I may astonish the readers 
of your columns, when I say the 
devil also is not far from every one 
of us. And I suppose it will not be 
hard to convince the intelligent 
mind, that he (the de\il) is not far 
from the children of darkness. But 



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wc also think he is not far from the 
children of light. In the Book of 
Job we read that "'there was a day 
when the sons of God came to pre- 
sent themselves before the Lord, and 
Satan came also among them. The 
Son of God was tempted of the devil ; 
:iiid no will his disciples be ; and 
with «uch art, too, as will be likely 
to deceive, without the least suspi- 
cion, which I will try to foretell. — 
God said to Moses, " I will raise 
them up a prophet, like unto me," 
(Moses) and that prophet is to be 
heard. Now when that prophet had 
been crucified, buried, and risen 
from the dead, showed himself to. 
and eat and drank with Ens disciples, 
he said unto them, " all power is 
given unto me, in heaven and on 
earth, go ye therefore, teach all 
nations, and baptising them, and 
teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever 1 have commanded you. 
Now among the things which an- to 
be observed is : " If thy brother 
tresspass against thee go tell him his 
fault between thee and him alone." 
This the church of God teaches to 
all her pupils or members. Now 
the delicate female might shrink, if 
it falls to her duty to approach the 
stern male member. And wbv j 
Answer, for the same reason that 
Peter denied hi- master, namely, 
fear, whin not wholly under the di- 
fine -; i. a. Here I "would like to 
add a irerd of courage, and oonsola- 



explain, in reality, what the excess- (i 
ive use of tobacco is. I think I have P 
an idea, but so many differ with me ; ^ 



such a state of purity in this life, as 
to prohibit satan to insinuate for 
them. And it is his glory to cause 

the children of God to exercise that they will say, " be temperate in all 
unruly member, which can not be things, — tobacco included." Now 
bridled in speaking evil, one of I believe when the apostle said " be 
another. Oh, should we not rather temperate in all things." the necess- 
use that member to save a soul from ities of life was what he had allusion 
death, and hide a multitude of sins 1 j to ; because he has also -aid, " ab- 
See James 5: 20. And here, I fear stain from the very appearance of 
is a great neglect on the part of pro- j evil." Now if we* use tobacco- as a 
feasors of Christianity, even amongst j medicine, that is what I call tempore 
the brotherhood. I fear that often- ance, and just as soon as we use it 
times when tiie duty of telling him to satisfy a lustful appetite, it is ex- 
his faults alone is attended to, it cess ; and I verily believe the Chris- 
is not as it should be, purely the tian goes beyond his limits when he 
motive of the saving of the soul, but : partakes thereof. Can we be tem- 
a duty the church en;., ins upon us.— perate in an evil ? The apostle cer- 
let the Apostle says, ■•Brethren if tainly dues not mean so; but there 
a nan be overtaken with a fault, ye is great danger of being intemperate 
which are spiritual rest on such a in what we really need. The use of 
one in the spirit of meekness, con- i tobacco has become so popular, and 
sideling thyself, teat thou also be 10 fashionable, that it is almost over- 
tempted." Bear ye one anothers looked. When we are taken into 
burdens and so fulfill the law of the church, we all make a vow that 
Christ. And blessed are they who we will renounce the World, with its 
do his commandment . that they maxims and BOStbttS, and I believe 



may have right to the tree of life, 
and enter through the gates, into 



when we fail to do so. we break that 
vow, for God has made u< sufficiently 
able to destroy any such appetite 

which we have created. Now 1 



the city. Dear leaders and fellow 

brethren, when I take a thought of 

the future, 1 think the children of would ask the question, to which of 

Gred are n.>t so much ! for the king.! able 

each • ■ khey ought to be. Oar -.-..id tikh\ If king 

Savior said ha cam e not to deetrov Alcohol has his t: 

• e it, and Paul savs kin,: [ thou- 

" i; we hate n it of ( Now an 1 * : 

we are none jf hie. Lotus than let us !,-■ consistent. Some of u- 
Do not fear when pres for one aaothi titular 

d:< R, to hi. e th in in Colli 



tion to the timid 

duty demands. See the book of j be healed, knowing 

Either, 4th chapter, ltith reran, the fervent pi 
" If I perish, I perish," but sha did lav arlethfaecli r though of like pa*, 
not pariah. Again, read sue ban u bm i e. Oh! should me 

oi Danseh Bee him in the liens not earnestly d 

:uel tie and hi followers is th.- I., be did, thai a double port 
Serf Airnaoe. liut we mast hats the spirit of the Hatter, might be souk- toetpretni 

faith, for without it, it will be impoe- 1 upon as. eond ] S brethren, 1 think 

• to please <;•>■!. And if as chapter, and * search I tures, tli 

It ii 
in.: t.. be put o;f in this 



with I ren, and this 

fecth right ; but we must I 

•n't >p..il it. 
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should die a martyr's death, our gar- for ui them je think /• have eternal 
men< of righteousness will shine the 
l»ri juter m the spirit warkl. I el 
ii "in whence would sueh im i 

ari ia m to e iute the ohildren 
■ >l I rod to fear to do their dul 
Why 1'r.in the evil ,,ne. Deplorable 

U the fall of man IS, \ el ' '-I I SI) 

always reach the bean of tii,. vilest 
with conviction. And on the other 

hand, the regenerate nc\ er arrive to 



oid th.- \ are the* that testify 
Of SB 

Do ■ (he word 

DAVID ii«'.-i.i;m.\n. 
iy, Pa, 

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know to be wrong, but I will be tem- 
perate. 

I would not that any should leave 
off because I think it wrong, but I 
would thank God and take courage, 
if some would see that it is contrary 
to Christ's teaching, and leave off 
for his sake. Mtffch might be said 
on the the subject, for there is great 
room, but let this suffice for the 
present. I love my dear brethren 
and sisters, and this is why I have 
written. 

ESTHER VAN DYKE. 
McElvys Fort, Pa. 

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For the Companion. 
Hypocrisy. 

Hypocrisy is a seeming, or pro- 
fessing to be, what in truth and re- 
ality we are not. It consists in as- 
suming a character which we are 
conscious does not belong to us, and 
by which we impose upon the judg- 
ment and opinion of mankind con- 
cerning us. The hypocrite is a dou- 
ble person ; he has one person which 
is natural ; another, which is artifi- 
cial ; the first he keeps to himself; 
the other he puts on as he doe3 his 
clothes, to make his appearance be- 
fore men. It was ingeniously said 
by Basil, "that the hypocrite has 
not put off the old man, but put on 
the new upon it. 

We have various forms of hypoc- 
risy. In Matth. 23 ; 5, we have a 
delineation of a certain character, 
who may very appropriately, be term- 
ed the worldly hypocrite, who 
makes a profession of religion, and 
pretends to be religious, merely from 
worldly considerations. God ap- 
pointed the Jews to make borders, 
or fringes on their garments (Num. 
15 : 38) to distinguish them from 
other nations, and to be a sign to 
them of their being a peculiar people 
The hypocritical Pharisees were not 
content to have these borders like 
other people's, but they must be lar- 
ger than ordinary, as if they were 
more religious than others. "But 
all their works they do to be seen of 
men." How contrary is this to the 
humble, unassuming, self-abasing 
spirit of Christianity ! no show, no 
* ostentation, no affected sanctimoni- 
ousnes»,by seeking conspicuous places 




to offer long prayers for the sole 
purpose of being applauded by the 
world ; but rather does the consist- 
ent disciple of Christ, court privacy 
for his duties, and delights most to 
commune with his Father in secret ; 
he steps forth into notoriety with re- 
luctance ; and instead of "loving," 
is pained by the chief places, either 
in private houses, or public congre- 
gations ; as he is disposed to make 
choice of the lowest place, and "in 
honor to prefer others to himself." 

In Rom. 10 : 3, we have made 
mention of a certain character, ig- 
norant of God's righteousness, and 
going about to establish his own 
righteousness, not having submitted 
himself unto the righteousness of 
God," who is acting consistent with 
the law, having relinquished his vi- 
cious practices, in order thereby to 
merit heaven, while at the same time 
he has no real love to God, but ex- 
pects salvation by his own works, 
who may be termed the legal hypo- 
crite, or one who has no proper con- 
viction of the evil of sin ; who, al- 
though he pretends to abide by the 
law, yet has not a just idea of its 
spirituality and demands. He is ig- 
norant of the scheme of salvation by 
free grace, proud of his own right- 
eousness, he submits not to the right 
eousness of God ; he derogates from 
the honor of Christ, by mixing his 
own works with his ; and in fact de- 
nies the necessity of the work of the 
spirit, by supposing that he has abil- 
ity in himself to perform all those du- 
ties which God has required. Such 
is the character of the legal hypo- 
crite, diametrically opposite to that 
of the true christian, whose senti- 
ment corresponds with that of the 
Apostle, "By grace are ye saved, 
through faith, and not of yourselves: 
it is the gift of God. Not of works, 
(works of the law) lest any man 
should boast." Eph. 2: 8, 9. But 
again the evangelical hypocrite, 
whose religion is nothing more than 
a bare conviction of sin ; who rejoic- 
es under the idea that Christ died 
for him, and yet has no desire to 
live a holy life ; being represented 
as having received the seed in 
strong places, consequently no root 
in himself, no settled fixed principles 



in his judgments, no firm resolution 
in his wills, no rooted habits in his 
affections ; nothibg firm that will be ^ 
either the sap or strength of his pro- 
fession, all indispensible to the true 
christian character. 

Lastly, the enthusiastic hypocrite, 
who has imaginary sight of his sin, 
and of Christ ; talks of remarkable 
impulses and high feelings ; and 
thinks himself very wise and good, 
while he lives in the most scandalous 
practices. "For such are false a- 
po3tles, deceitful workers, transform- 
ing themselves into the apostles of 
Christ. And no marvel ; for Satan 
himself is transformed into an angel 
of light. Therefore it is no great 
thing if his ministers also be trans- 
formed, as the ministers of right- 
eousness ; whose end shall be accor- 
ding to their works." 

The above characters, would be as 
industrious and as generous in pro- 
moting error, as the apostles were 
in preaching truth ; they would en- 
deavor as much to undermine the 
kingdom of Christ, as the apostle did 
to establish it. There were counter- 
feit prophets under the 0. T., who 
wore the garb, and learned the lan- 
guage of the Prophets of the Lord. 
So there were counterfeit apostles 
under the N. T., who seemed in ma- 
ny respects like the true apostles of 
Christ. And "no marvel ;" (says 
the apostle) hypocrisy is a thing 
not to be much wondered at in this 
world, especially when we consider 
the great influence Satan has on the 
minds of many, who rules in the 
hearts of the children of disobedi- 
ence. As he can turn himself into 
any shape, and put on almost any 
form, and look sometimes like an 
"angel of light," in order to pro- 
mote his kingdom of darkness, so he 
will teach his ministers and instru- 
ments to do the same. But it fol- 
lows their end is according to their 
works ; the end will discover them 
to be deceitful workers, and their 
work will end in ruin and destruc- 
tion. 

JOS. AMICK. 

Bumettsville, lnd. 



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tor the Companion. 
Self Examination. 

" The Lord seeth not as man 
seeth ; for man looketh on the out- 
ward appearance, but the Lord look- 
eth on the heart." These are sol- 
emn, yet blessed words, spoken by 
the Lord to Samuel. It is fearfully 
solemn to know that the Lord look- 
eth on every thought, and motive of 
the heart ; and yet how blessed, how 
sweetly comforting to know that our 
God knoweth the heart. 

As the actions of the heart must 
ever pass through a weak and treach- 
erous medium, it is not strange that 
its true motives are often embarrass- 
ed, and but illy understood, thus 
causing our good intentions to be 
evil spoken of, not only by the 
world, but it may be by our friends. 
Yet our God cannot be deceived ; 
He looketh on the heart ; He know- 
eth all its trials and temptation, its 
pleadings and waitings ; he knoweth 
wherein it is weak, and wherein it 
is strong ; He knoweth wherein it is 
earnestly seeking and striving after 
the righteousness of God, or whether 
it is satisfied with the allurements of 
the world, the vain glory and ap- 
plause of men. 

Ye3, our heavenly Father know- 
eth the heart, as we know the coun- 
tenance of a friend. How very im- 
portant then, that we should know 
our own heart ; should learn its uio- 
tives, its ruling power. 

In the work of heart searching. 
let us not fall into the error of the 
Pharisee : justify the motives of the 
heart by our works ; conclude that 
the heart is right in the sijdit of 
God, because we do not as some do. 
Again, iu the case of the rich young 
man, may we not think that we will 
be accepted by God, because we h.t\ v 
kept the commandments, lie was 
not accepted, though he had kept 
the commandments from his youth 
up. We must lir.it know that we 
luve God ; then keep his command- 
ment, Imuhm we love him, not think 
We love him became, we keep his 
commandments. 

The Savior Haid ; " He that hath 
my commandments, and k«<-|xt It 
them, he it is that loveth me," and 
he that loveth ino shall be loved by 



my Father, and I will love him, and 
will manifest myself to hiin." 

" He that loveth me not, keepeth 
not my sayings." The new com- 
mandment that he gave to his disci- 
ples was that of love ; therefore, if 
the love of God dwelleth not in the 
heart, we cannot keep all the com- 
mandments. We may keep the 
church ordinances, obey its rules, 
and make it appear to the world 
that we are serving God ; that we 
are keeping his commandments ; yet 
if the great law of love given by 
our Savior, is not the ruling power 
in our hearts — love to God, love to 
our Redeemer, and his holy cause ; 
love to our brethren, and love for 
dying man. If this is not the ruling 
power through which we obey the 
commandments, — then, I fear that 
we, too, will go away from our Sav- 
ior, sorrowful. In that last great 
day he will say, " I never knew 
you." 

Oh then, let me entreat you, my 
brethren, to go to work at once, and 
search with all diligence, the state 
of the heart. Why should we de- 
ceive ourselves, when we cannot de- 
ceive our God ? Why should we 
| seek to know the heart of others, 
while we fail to understand our 
own ? It is not by the acts of oth 
ers that we are to be judged, but by 
: our own actions. Then cease to 
Judge your neighbor, for a-; ye 
i judge so shall ye be judged. We 
1 have no time to spend, in thu-i vain- 
I ly and sinfully judging oth 

When we have learned all that we 
can of our own heart, we will find 
that there are many w;ik places ; 
that there ii much need of prayer, 

of patiemv, of help from above, t i 
keep our faith bright, our trust un- 
wavering, and our feet in the 
straight an 1 narrow path. When 
we h;ive JhlH l<- um d 0*1 OWO heart . 
we will lie re;id_v to gp forth with 
much eharity for the Irai'.tiei of oth- 
ers, and humbly and oai Veetlj 
with the wandering children. I 
turn to their God, We will feel it 
our duty to seek for the poor, the 

afflicted, the dieocfaraged. an I tell 

them of a Redeem? • love; tell 
theui that our Savior died for them, 
died that they might live. Ah ! to 



how many dark, sad hearts, we 
might carry light and comfort, and 
cause them to look up to that beauti- 
ful, that happy home, where our 
blessed Jesus waits to receive them. 
— A modest sister. 



On Christian Intercourse. 

It is by throwing open a dark 
cellar to the sweet light and air of 
heaven that the mouldine38 and 
dampness disappear ; so it is by 
opening the heart to the influence of 
the love of Christ and to the recipro- 
cities of Christian society that its 
gloomy and morbid feeling3 arc 
chased away. 

A plant that grows in a cave is 
pale and sickly ; so is the piety of a 
Christian who shuts'himself out from 
the fellowship of God's household. 

It would be a poor state of civil 
society where every one .should at- 
tempt to live independently of his 
neighbours, being his own hatter, 
tanner, shoemaker, spinner, weaver, 
chairmaker, ect. So it is a poor 
state of Christian society, where 
each pursues his weary pilgrimage 
to heaven alone, neither seeking 
health and comfort from his breth- 
ren, nor offering them in return. 

A single stick of wood makes a 
poor fire, especially if it be green 
and covered with snow ; but a mass 
of >tic!cs can be made to burn, 
i they be at the beginning 
both green and wet. So what with 
outw.ird temptation, the Clir. 
who -dints himself up from commun- 
ion wall his brethren, finds it hard 
work to keep his bosom in a glow ; 
but when he goes among them, and 
mingles his feelings with theirs, then 

met hot 

"Iron sharpeneth iron; »o man 
ihftr] Bneth the countenance of his 
friend." A maxim that cannot be 
ii ii} i ... o 1 in its application to Chris- 
tum interOOuTM \ l > >.i\e it as 

W ■ .'. i i like to give vour 

r a look of unkindness, a wurd 
of unkindness, and meet him the tuit 
moment in heaven. 



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pejiepttl ; when very angry, count A* 

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Tried unci True 

Memories of other f'-iend-; niiv fade 

i'r.'in out nijr nim.l, :» ii'i !i-ne n> trace, 

While be, wbote band I liold 10 d .iv, 
8U1I keep*, within my heart, a place. 

For lift- is hkc :i march, where some 
J"nlt eerlj from the runka, and die ; 

And lome. when timci of conflict come, 
(.:■> over to the enemy. 

An^l he who halts on the way — 
Wearied in v) in: nnd frame — 

To cull his roll of friends, will find 
How few make answer to their name. 



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J"or t/tf Oompaniou. 
Noali mill the Ark.— Kswiiy >«>. I<>. 

Noah was the ninth in descent 
from Adam, and the son of Lamcch. 
and grand-son of Methuselah. Ho 
was horn about in the year of the 
world, ten hundred and fifty-seven, 
and died two thousand and seven ; 
aged nine hundred and fiftv years. 
It appears that in Noah s time the 
world ha«l become very populous, 
and as they increased in population 
wickedness and sin increased like- 
wise, until the antediluvian world be- 
came so corrupted, in consequence 
of sin, that it "repented the Lord, 
that he had made man on the earth, 
and it grieved him at his heart." — 
"And the Lord said. 1 will destroy 
man, whom I have created, from the 
face of the earth, both man and beast, 
and the creeping thing, and the 
fowls of the air ; for it repenteth 
me that 1 have made them." Not- 
withstanding all this wickedness and 
corruption, with which Noah was 
surrounded on every side, the en- 
ticements and temptations to which 
he surely must have been daily ex- 
posed, did not draw him away from 
his >iod. It appears in that dark 
and benighted period of the world, 
all men had forsaken their Creator." 
"But Noah found grace in the eyes 
of the Lord'' and "Noah was a just 
(or upright) man and perfect in his 
generat.uns ; and Noah walked with 

liodi" 

Unto Noah was revealed the com- 
ing destruction of the world, and 
through him tlu people were made 
conversant with the sad news. tiuf 
I time was given for the con- 
version of the whole world, a hun- 

nm s. It was said the "days" 
ol man "shall be a hundred and 
k twenty years." How kind it was in 



God, to give mm such a length of 
time for repentance, when at the 
same time he might have had suffi- 
cient reason to cut them off at once ; 
but thanks be to God for always do- 
ing his part, and more. 

''And God saw the wickedness of 
man was great in the earth, and that 
every imagination of the thoughts of 
his heart was only evil continually.'' 
Although the human family had be- 
come so depraved, and steeped m 
wickedness, and become so abomina- 
ble in the eyes of their Creator, that 
he said, "my spirit shall not always 
strive with man," He gave them 
time, and then warned them of the 
coming flood. Only one righteous 
house was to be found on all the j 
earth, that took heed to God's threat- 
enings. We read in Hebrews 11 : 
7, how "By faith Noah, being warn- \ 
ed of God of things not seen as yet, 
moved with fear, prepared an ark to : 
the saving of his house ; by the which j 
he condemned the world, and became j 
heir of righteousness which is bv 
faith." 

The building of the ark should 
have been a living sermon for the 
people before the flood, besides the 
preaching of Noah, concerning their 
certain doom, if they would not be- 
lieve. No doubt Noah's time then 
in building the ark, 
preaching to the people about 



was engaged 



and 



this great time, which was soon to 
transpire. It must certainly have 
been a very serious and weighty 
matter, for a person thus to preach j 
to a disobedient and rebellious peo- 
ple. Well may the apostle Peter 
call him a preacher of righteousness. 
He was truly the man of God in his 
time. In one way he must have been 
like other men, possessed of a car- 
nal mind and depraved nature ; but 
the grace of God made him what ho 
was; like Enoch, he "walked with 
God," and like father Abraham, he 
was a faithful patriarch, and submitr 
ted in child-like simplicity to all the 
mandates of his heavenly Father. 
Well might the Lord with safety se- 
lect him, as the buildcr-of the ark, 
and a preacher of" the deluge of the 
world. Here we can learn a lesson 
how head-work and band-work should 
go together, lie labored under 



groat responsibilities, being at the 
1: ad of two professions, namely, a 
carpenter, and homilist, or preacher, 
at the same time. No doubt he waa 
frequently made the subject of scorn 
mockery and ridicule, which of course 
he bore with great patience, or he 
could never have accomplished the 
laborious ta^k before him. 

We nowhere read in the Bible of 
one sinner that repented at the prea- 
ching of Noah, but we have reason 
to believe, had they turned from 
their evil way, the old world might 
have been spared, or if only some 
had repented th\v could have been 
saved, with Noah and his house in a 
temporal point of view. It appears 
the Nincvitcs were equally as far 
gone astray from their God as the 
Antediluvians, but at the preaching 
of the prophet Jonah they repented. 
That groat city was threatened de- 
struction in forty days, providing 
they repent not. It was said unto 
Jonah. "Ari~c, go to Ninevah, that 
great city, and cry against it, far 
their wickedness is come up before 
me." Like the inhabitants of Mys- 
tery Babylon, "their sins reached 
unto heaven and God remembered 
their iniquity." 

We find that Jonah went at last 
to the groat city of Ninevah, travel- 
ing a days journey into the city and 
cried, "yet forty days and Ninevah 
shall be overthrown." At the preach- 
ing of that short sermon, thev all 
repented, the king not excepted, in 
ashes and sack-cloth, and so the ci- 
ty was spared. We always find that 
God gives man time for repentance. 
Unto the Antediluvians was granted 
one hundred and twenty years, yet 
with all this time and privilege gran- 
ted unto them, by a kind and gra- 
cious God, they would not give heed 
to such timely warning. Ihe Nin- 
evites on the other hand had but 
forty days allotted for repentance, 
and* with this short t : me they all re- 
pented, from the king on his throne, 
to the humblest of his subjects. — 
Like'vise in the cities of the plain, 
God's purposes were made known 
through righteous Lot. — he declar- 
ing uiHo them their certain doom ; 
but tlu-y regarded not his wholesome I 
council, and in consequence fell un- 



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dcr the wrath of Almighty God. It 
appears it giievcd Abraham in his 
Mart, to see the annihilation of those 
beautiful cities, with all their inhab- 
itants. He made freely interces- 
sions in their behalf. But the num- 
ber of God's elect had become bo 
small, that tin- city 6f Sodom could 
no longer be preserved. Only four 
righteous persons could be found ; 
whereas had ten been found the ci- 
ties might have been spared. Like- 
wise also, as it was in the days of 
Lot ; they did eat, they drank, they 
bought, they sold, they planted, they 
builded. But the same day that 
Lot went out of Sodom, it rained 
fire and brimstone from heaven and 
destroyed them all. Even thus shall 
it bo in the day when the son of man 
shall be revealed."' Christ also com- 
pares Noah's time to the coming 
of the son of man. It is tiue we do 
not know the exact time of Christ's 
coming, but the true christian ought, 
and can know it very near, mcrelv 
by watching the signs of the times, 
in regard to his second advent. — 
'•And as it was in the days of Noah, 
so shall it also be in the "days of the 
son of man. They did eat, they 
drank, they married wives, they 
were given in marriage, until tin- 
day that Noah entered into the ark, 
and the flood came and flestr 
them all." "So shall it be al-". at 
the coming of the son of man." 
The destruction of tin- old * 

must have been an awful time to the 
people then living. The word 
"they knew not until the World caiiie 
and took them all away," which 
I'i •"!. ably means thev belie v. d not 
They could not help knowing all 
these thing-, whicll they had .- 
witness with thefr own BVW, but all 
when it was too late. It is truo that 
they heard Noah preach ; they also 
must have soon him build tho ark, 
and DO doubt many of them at 
Noah in preparing pie same. Per- 
hay- many came to .-co it, merely 

for the saLc of curiosity, asking him 
what it was for, whether he intended 
D over the mountains on drv 
land. No doubt but they consider 
ed the man betide himself, or that 
he was becoming over rightf nm jnH 
that the believed doctrine that he 



deluge of 



preached to them, to be an impossi- 
bility. Unbelief, that gross sin. had 
taken such deep root in their flinty 
hearts, that they could not be per- 
suaded to turn in with Noah and be 
saved ; but Noah being "moved with 
fear, prepared an ark to the saving 
of his hou- 

The accumulation 
cause of the 

more awful deluge is before us than 
the one we have been just describ- 
ing. — The delujre of the wrath of 
God kept in reservation for all the 
children of disobedience ; — those 
who are unwilling to submit to the 
doctrines and principles of that sav- 
ing gospel, brought down from heav- 
en, as now recorded in the word of 
God. 

The ark of Noah is a beautiful 
type of the religion of UbrLjt,— the 
plan of salvation, — and frequently 
called the ark of safety. Just as 
dangerous as it was forth a antedilu- 
vians not to believe in the preaching 
of N oah, just so dangerous it will be, 
and perhaps more so, not to bear 
the son of God, and in not submit- 
ting to the scheme he laid for 
salvation of poor sinful man. 

The ark of Noah was first to^be 
built before he and all who believed 
could be saved ; but the ark of safe- 
ty is already built ; no one need 
concern himself about that. It wa.-> 
finished before the world began. Ail 
that was wanting was merely to o- 
pen the door, which Christ fully ac- 
complished in the days of his humil- 
iation. The door to the ark of safe- 
ty l- now wide open, which door is 
Christ. He stands with outstretch- 
ed arms, and calls all men to eotte 
into the ark of safety, and be foref- 
• t Secure. There is room for all, 
and to Spare. The invitation is gone 
forth. "Come unto me, all ye that 
labor and are heavy laden, and 1 will 
gne you rest." Remember dear 
-inner, that salvation is free, and 
the crown of dory can be obtained 
without money and without price. — 
All the inducements the world is a- 
ble to offer, art.* nothing in 



Who then would not be a follower fl 
of the meek and lowly lamb of God. 
It is a dangerous thing to put off re- 
pentance, since we have no pr onihfe 
for to-morrow. Perhaps before the 
rising of another sun. death's cold 
icy hands may be upon us : or it mav 
be the door of mercy to the ark of 
of sin was the safety will soon be shut, ne 
old : but a 



to be opened. 
Berlin. Pa. 



rently favor 
of the world 

mu-t undoubtedly 
a limited sense. 



would be a contra of other 

Scripture. 

to , oiitine ourse 



Not designing tnis time 

to the ? acred 

we turn aside from those 

and simph >ur\ev the 



ion to the riches. 



compart- 
honor, and glory, 



which the saints are once and I 

cr to enjoy, in the kingdom of God'» 

dear Sou. 






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The World'* (ouveniou. 

Many believe the whole world 
be converted, in order to usher 
in the millennium. We confess we 
know not where they acquire 6uch a 
belief. From the predictions and 
general tenor of the Gospel, and 
likewise from the signs of the times, 
both past and present : no such a 
consummation of eonver-ior. is war 
runted. "As in the days of Noah, 
so shall it be in the da- s of the 
coming of the Sofl of man." Tli* 
great iudideranec to the warnings of 
.Noah in regard to the flood, or 
the overthrow of the Antediluvians, will, 
in like manner, manifest itseh" in the 
event of Christ's second adwnt. 
The commission of the Son of 
iu-tructs to teach all nations, and 
evidently signifies that only 
who confess that Jesus is the'Sou of 
God, repent and arc converted are 

1 1 l*S children chl 
administration u f baptism. Many 
that are taught will not repent and 
be convert. d. He tee. ■ many be 
called but few are choeen." Some 
(d* the prophetic wnti' appa- 

the entire <■ 
but such prophtM 
be understood in 
otherwise there 



writ:' 

evidences, 

work uf the world's conreraion I 

consummation of such a triumph »■* 
\ in a backward state. The so 
called reformation of the sixteenth . , 
century promised great re-tJtn to 
true Christianity, ret that i-rforma 
tioji ili-l not pmetrate n>< e than 



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one -third of Christendom. Sintv thai 
period there seems to have been large 
accessions to Christianity, but a con- 
viction has been gaining ground with 
the close observer, and justly too, 
that there are not to-day any larger 
number of true christians on earth 
than there were one hundred years 
ago, compared with the present pop- 
ulation of the earth. There has been 
a great advance of human welfare in- 
all its material interests, which is 
mainly due to Christianity in its wi- 
der diffusion and elevating influence ; 
but true religion in the souls of men 
as a personal experience and power, 
since the first few centuries of the 
Apostolic age, has seemingly been 
on the decrease. At one time the 
temporal power of the papacy was 
bo strong as to almost engulf protes- 
tantism, but now it is much weaken- 
ed and really waning, yet to-day it 
deludes and controls as many indi- 
viduals, and even more than it did 
then. Macauly 6ays protestantism 
has not gained anything in the last 
two hundred and fifty year3. We 
are inclined to believe him. The 
population of the world is now esti- 
mated one thousand two hundred and 
twenty-five millions. That portion 
of the earth which is called Christen- 
dom contains three hundred and ten 
millions. The Romish church and 
the Greek church number two hun- 
dred and thirty millions. All Pro- 
testants throughout the world num- 
ber only eighty millions. Less than 
one fifth of the earth's population are 
included within the pale of Christen- 
dom. Of this one-fifth — less than 
one-third — bear even the Protestant 
name ; while of these eighty millions 
of Protestants, only fifteen millions 
are included in Protestant church- 
es. Take all the true and evangeli- 
cal christians out of these fifteen 
millions, and we have almost no 
number at all. A very insignifi- 
cant number indeed, compared with 
the earth's inhabitants. "Nine hun- 
dred and fourteen millions," of im- 
mortal beings now on earth are sunk 
in a stupid and beastly idolatry, or, 
are the-dupes of Mohammedanism or 
w Jewish blindness. These statements 
?j are general facts, though they can- 
/>S not be taken as precisely accurate. 

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In consideration of these facts, what 
a dark vale this world presents ! To 
say nothing of heresies and errors 
that prevail, nothing of superstition 
and formality in worship against a 
better light of knowledge ; which in- 
creases the darkness ten-fold. 

As a barrier to evangelical Chris- 
tianity, a suppressed skepticism has 
insinuated itself into the minds of 
thousands of the rising generation, 
and we reluctantly venture to say 
that in course of time not far distant, 
infidelity, in its worst forms, will be- 
come bold and defiant. Literary, 
and especially theological training is 
assuming such an aspect as to nullify 
the inherent virtues of divine grace, 
and in a great measure the authority 
of the Bible as a divine revelation. — 
We do not discard education as a 
proper development of the mind, but 
admire and advocate a sober, moral, 
scientific, or genuine theological 
training. Everything upon the face 
of the earth can and may be abused, 
and education in a theological point 
of view, is most fearfully abused 
through her blind votaries, thus "the 
blinl leading the blind," and event- 
ually all will fall into the ditch. 
S. B. FURRY. 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

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For the Companion. 
We have no continuing city here. 

Sometimes when I was perusing 
the contents of the Companion it had 
a cheering and edifying effect upon 
the internal part of humanity, and I 
thought, to receive such^a paper in a 
family could have no inexpedient 
results, but contrarywise have good 
results ; such as to aoquaint the sub- 
scribers with the large number of 
brethren, and their remotest bounds 
of extension ; far, and wide, we find 
the glorious Gospel has made its way. 
(as the brethren preach the same) 
We are often so forgetful of our short 
duration on earth, but the Compan- 
ion is also aiding to draw the infer- 
ence that we have not to abide lorg 
in a world of sorrow and affliction, 
or in a time of graae, in which to 
qualify ourselves for the approach- 
ing translation ; we are but momen- 
tary beings ; this was fairly and 
strongly held forth during the last 



year. Long catalogues of such 
members and friends, blooming in 
the church, and different parts of the 
country, but are no more among the 
living on earth. How many fathers 
and mothers have been called away 
from their loving descendants, of 
which many have been left behind 
in their infantile state ; yes, left over 
to a providential hand and affection- 
ate friends to care foi ; and in addi- 
tion to those who are not recorded 
in its volume, what a vast number of 
fellow travelers do now sleep in the 
silent tombs, who have been in our 
midst, and our loving associates, on- 
ly one single year past. Hence we, 
young or old, should have more of a 
solemn feeling of our mortality while 
events on every side have given 
strong evidence of our uncertain 
lives. We might lay aside the sa- 
cred teachings of the Bible, regarding 
this point, and learn through experi- 
ence, and examples, that our days 
are limited on earth ; not knowing 
when they are expired. How care- 
ful ought we then to live ; with what 
religious fear ? And those of our 
children who have not yet responded 
to the warm invitations of a Holy 
Spirit, convincing the work of sin, 
the admonition of their devout pa- 
rents, and the pressing appeals from 
the ministers. 0! where shall you 
appear ? in an unconverted state, if 
a sudden destruction of mortality 
would be your fate ; "if the right- 
eous scarcely be saved, where shall 
the un-godly and sinner appear r 
Here we easily comprehend that the 
disciples of Jesus have nothing to 
spare, when coming before the final 
judgment, and how then with unre- 
generate men and women. What an 
awful day is approaching, and a 
judgment to come. 

Wm. HERTZLER. 
Ulizabethtown, Pa. 

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The truest Christian politeness is 
cheerfulness. It is graceful, and 
sits well on old as well as young. It 
is the best of all company, and a- 
doms the wearer of it more than ru- 
bies and diamonds set in gold. It 
costs nothing, and yet is valuable. 

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Envy has no rest. 



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Religiout* Dialogue. 

Continued. 
Professor. I have often heard it 
said, and I presume it is the opinion 
of the public generally, that your 
people expect Salvation by their 
works. I hope for their sakes, that 

such is not the case. 

H. And, my friend, have you any 
knowledge of a reason for the ma- 
king and circulating of such a re- 
port ? 

P. Not unless it be from the fact 
that you have many church ordi- 
nances, upon the strict, and most 
minute observance of which you ap- 
pear to place great importance. 

//. We have no ordinances, ex- 
cept those instituted by our Savior 
himself, upon the proper observance 
of which we do place much impor- 
tance ; — not that we expect thereby 
to merit salvation, but that we may 
receive the gift which the Lord has 
promised to bestow upon all those 
who obey him ; and that we may 
escape the curse, which is set before 
us, and which we would pronounce 
upon ourselves, by disobeying his 
Commandments. "Behold, I set be- 
fore you this day a blessing and a 
curse : a blessing, if ye obey the 
commandments of the Lord your 
God, which I command you this day; 
and a curse, if ye will not obey the 
commandments," &c. Deut. 11 : 
26 — 28. "Ifyeloveme, keep my 
commandments." John 14: 15. "If 
a man love me, he will keep my 
words." John 14 : 23. "He that 
loveth me not keepeth not my say- 
ings." (24) From these passages 
of Scripture, is it not reasonable ; is 
it not the most intelligent view of 
the subject, to conclude that those 
who obey God shall be bloesed, while 
those who disobey him shall heap 
upon themselves condemnation ? 

P. It is certainly reasonable to 
conclude that those whom God has 




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chosen, converted, sanctified and 
purified by the blood of Christ, will 
obey him, and keep his command- 
ments ; but that we, sinful and weak 
as we are, can do anything that will 
entitle us to the blessing, or gift of 
God, as you term it, is perhaps not 
a very intelligent conclusion. 

H. Let us try the theory. Would 
you consider it intelligent to con- 
clude that he that believes God and 
obeys him shall be saved ? 

P. I would if his faith be a saving 
faith. 

II. Can faith be saving without 
action ? 

P. This is certainly a grave ques- 
tion, and one which has puzzled our 
best Theologians. Yet I cannot see 
that, with a due respect to the 
Scriptures, we dare teach that faith 
can be perfect, or saving without 
some action on the part of the crea- 
ture, but it is not to be presumed 
that the creature can act of himself, I servant of God by yielding to die in- 



P. From the teachings of our \/i 
Savior, and the Scriptures through- ^ 
out, we must conclude that men have 
refused to submit to the will of God, 
and consequently rejected his offers 
and invitations. 

II. I am pleased to discover that 
we can agree so well upon these 
points. And I hope that you will be 
enabled to see that, ifour conclusions 
be true, and I do believe they are, 
that two points have been establish- 
ed, viz. : Man'' t free agency, and 
$alvation through Christ by work* of 
obedience. We have reduced the 
subject to its base, and already we 
have been ascending. 

P. I am not conscious of any such 
incontrovertible inferences. 

If. If it be true that man may re- 
fuse submission to the drawings, or 
invitations of the Lord, then it is es- 
tablished that he may work his own 
destruction ; and if he mav become a 



for our Savior said, " no man can 
come unto me except the Father 
draw him ;" hence it is God, after 
all, who is the moving cause. 

H. I have admitted that salvation 
is the gift of God ; but does God 
compel any one to receive the gift? 

P. As I have observed before, 
the Father draws, or moves the 
hearts of his creatures, by the opera- 
tions of his spirit, and by yielding 
to his influence they become his ser- 
vants. 

//. Can a man yield to the influ- 
ence of the Holy Spirit, or can he 
suffer, permit, or yield obedieuce to 
the teachings, or drawings of the 
Father, of himself? 

J'. By asking God for grace, 
strength, and wisdom, he may be 
enabled to all things. 

11. On the other hand, can he 



fluence of his spirit, (and if servants, 
then heirs of righteousness) then it 
must be received that he can "choose 
whom he will serve," (Joshua 24: 
15,) and consequently is a firm a- 
gent, having life and death set be 
fore him. And if we admit that cm 
act of the creature may be condu- 
cive to his salvation, we are framing 
a precedent upon which we must 
admit that every righteous act of his 
life, or every work of" obedience, will 
contribute to his preparation for hap- 
piness. Thus, if he may yield obe- 
dience, then he may pray for grace ; 
and if he ui.iv obtain grace bj | 
er, then he M aln.uh recemng a 
reward for his works, and he need 
onlv continue in obedience and his 
rewards will follow as aurclv as God'l 
word is true. If this were not true, 
then stubbomoflpj and disobediruce 
term* in the 



ould be unmcaiiiug 
rsfuse submission to the drawings of New Testament. 
the Father I .V <\mtinued 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyroue City, Pa., Feb. 27th, 1866. 



<(iiii!i.sni\m\(i. 



Sister Swan Porter, Williamsport, 
Pa., says : — "As you are a stranger, 
and yet not a stranger, I will con- 
verse with you on paper. All the 
acquaintance I have with you is 
tli rough the Companion, that I re- 
ceive weekly, and indeed I rejoice 
when I see it, for it is a great com- 
fort to me, for my husband loves to 
read it as well as I, for I get a great 
deal of information in it, and can 
hear what is going on in our church, 
as I am the only member in this 
place, or at least that I know of; 
and often feel very lonesome, because 
I can not assemble with my breth- 
ren and sisters. I have not been to 
one meeting since I joined the church 
and that is past three years. Is it 
much wonder if I should grow cold, 
— although we have the scripture in 
our house, and we can read it, and 
can also understand much of it, yet 
it is not the word of God proclaimed 
or explained ; yet I have a strong 
faith in the Lord Jesus, and hope 
that God will lead and guide me in 
the way of righteousness and truth. 

I think there are some brethren 
living near Lewislmrg, Pa., about 
30 miles from here. If I could find 
out when they have a lovefeast, 1 
should try and go down. I-ui-di 
that brother S. Longenecker, or br. 
D. P. Sayler, or some other able 
preacher would come here and preach 
There are about 14,000 inhabitants 
in this place, and they know noth- 
ing of the brethren. I think the 
brethren don't do altogether as the 
Savior commanded them to do. He 
said, "Go ye into all tho land, and 
preach the gospel to every creature." 
There is a great deal of preaching 
done here, but I am at a loss to say 
if it is gospel. 

Now brother llolsinger, please 
let me know if the subscription is 
paid for my paper. I dont know 
who subscrihed for me, unless it was 
my brother Francis Grove, from New 
Oxford, Pa. If it is not paid let me 
know and I will pay it. I was rais- 



ed in York Co., Pa. My husband 
was born and raised in the state of 
New York. He knows nothing of 
the brethren, only what I tell him. 
He seems to think a great deal of 
them. May the blessings of God 
nst upon us wherever we may be. — 
We are all enjoying good health. 

Reply. — I cannot tell you my 
dear sister, who ordered the Com- 
panion to be sent to you, but we 
have every confidence that he who 
did it, mtmds to pay for it himself, 
and you can be quite easy on that 
matter. We have perhaps, a "loo3e" 
way of doing business.yet withal we 
feel that the Lord has prospered us. 
When a brother or sister orders a 
paper to be sent to any one, we en- 
ter the name on the list and send 
the paper without making any fur- 
ticrnote or entry, and evpoct in 
due time, "all will be made right ;" 
and in our first year's experience, 
we have not (that we know of) fail 
ed in a single in tance. 

We rejoice to learn the "Compan- 
ion" is so welcome with your hus- 
band and yourself, and we shall en- 
deavor to make it still more inter- 
esting to you, and others in similar 
circumstances. We, too, the editor 
and wife, are the only members in 
our town, and we know by experi- 
ence, that it takes more watching 
more praying, and more exercise in 
all the Christian graces, to keep up 
tho "holy fire" within one's self, 
when isolated from the church, ami 
perhaps surrounded by glaciers of I 
pride, disobedience, and idolatry, 
than when we are encircled by the ' 
warming influence of church fellow- ; 
ship. But cheer up, sister ; remem- j 
ber the Lord is with you always, — j 
not only in the church — not only in ! 
the neighborhood — but in your own j 
house, right by your side, — ever j 
ready to help you,— console and en- [ 
courage you. And 1 have reason 



to believe that he is with you, and 
that you realize his presance. Bap- 
tized, and not in church ajrain for 
th rce years ! and still alive ! Sure- 
ly, you are a living monument of the 
truths of our holy religion. Thank 
God and take courage. 

And now, brethren, Longenecker, 
Sayl >r, and other Apollos in the 
Church, when the above meets your 
notice, please remember that hire is 
&call. Will you go? Or, will the 
churches, whose servants ye are,send 
you ? We will see. 

Our Southern Correspondence. 

Brother Hohinger : — The letter 
accompaning this note was received 
from brother Moomaw, of Virginia, 
in answer to several inquiries which 
I had made of him, concerning the 
circumstances of the brethren in the 
South ; and which the writer author- 
ises you to publish in the Compan- 
ion, on condition that the reasons 
which induced the writing of it, are 
also published. Your3 in the bonds 
of love. 

JACOB LONGENECKER. 

ifetf Enterprise, Pa. 

[The following is an extract from 
the letter addressed to brother Loiv- 
enecker, not deeming it necessary 
to give it in full. — Ed.] 

" In the first place, I must say 
that my heart is made glad, to see 
that my brethren in the victorious 
land, have such a christian regard 
for the poor and destitute of the con- 
quered. This looks like filling the 
injunction : " If thy enemy hunger 
feed him ; if he thirst, give him 
drink," kc. This is what I call 
practical religion. I have oftimes 
heard men pray that God might be 
the poor man's friend and the staff 
of the infirm, and say and do not : 
Be ye clothed, be ye fed, and with 
hands and hearts iron banded, with- 
hold the things the poor are suffering 
for. Such serving God and the poor 
as this, is worse than Pharisaical 
prayers, that never catch the ear of 
God. 

But when I see a body of Christ- 
ians, such as my Northern friends, 



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standing ready to help the poor upon elusion I will say, I believe we tan least I do not. Do tell us what 
the .slightest intimation of the neses- drag through the winter by using needs a change, or alteration in the 
sity of it. I am proud to conclude ' the strictest economy. Neverthc- u of holding our Conference, 

that the balm in Gillead is still heal- j less I will say that I believe that a and 1 think if it needs a change, we 
ing the sons and daughters of p y 'million of dollars might be bestowed will sec alike, and the agitation will 
people. And that the great saline : upon the poor of Virginia, both cease. Now dear brother, let us 
works of the government of the Lord j white and black, well pleasing to the understand all things right before we 
Jesus Christ are still productive Lord. I am satisfied that all the : approve or condemn, and all things 
enough to supply the most precious 
element that shall save the world a 
little while longer. 1 mean true and 
vical practical Christianity, such as 
makes men the salt of the earth. 
In reply to your questions, I shall 






blessed, and 

works. 

The money already sent by the 

brethren has done a great deal of 

good to the church members. The 
invite you to go with me to a stand \ brethren who have been appointed 
point, where we can at one glance distributing agents are dividing it 
survey a conquered land with fifty | out, and it is thankfully received by 
thousand widows, and one hundred the poor. 



appro\ 

effort made in this direction will be ! will work together for good. Let 
classed with good ' the spirit of the true and living God 
guide us in all things we do or say ; 
bv so doing we will never err. 



and fifty thousand orphans, ami 
probably many more alone depend- 
ent upon their own exertion to ob- 
tain a support. 

Had it not been for God's good- 
ness in giving us a good crop of 
corn on the land that was planted, 
both man and beast wouid have 



Your brother in the Lord, 

JOHN C. MOOMAW. 
Clover Dale, l~a., Jan. 22. 



There is one thing I see has got 
among our beloved brethren, and 
that is giving a long account of their 
missionary tours. Lrethreu be care- 
ful ; there is danger there Always 
be sure that the spirit of God ani- 
mates your pen ; let us do all things 
to the glory of God, and it will be 
well with us ; but if we do anything 
for our own glory it will be ill with 
us, for the eyes of the Lord are over 
the righteous, and his ears are open 



Dear Brother in the Letmi — As 
I have received two copies of the 

" Christian Family Companion" I to their prayers, but the face of the 
without knowing who sent it to me;! Lord is against them that do evil. 

suffered ere this time, for our wheat thinking probably you had, I will A. J. CAR HELL 

crop was almost a failure, and the say to you it was well pleasing to 

great effort made by the people to me, to make acquaintance with such 

employ all their means to secure an j a companion, that talks about our 

abundent harvest, by the pleasure homo in heaven, and heavenlv 



of God, has caused flour to be very 



scarce and out of the reach of the 
poor, who arc subsisting on the 



things, and would like to have a 



Mount' n Valley C/mrch.E Tenn. 



Brother David Kothroek, Hazle 
Dell, Cumberland Co., 111.. 
•• Aa we are here in the far Vest, 
and as there are only a few members 
in our county, we would be glad if 
some speaker would come to our seo- 



visit every week, but owing to my 

pecuniary circumstances 1 am not 

cheapest articles of diet, and scanty able to pay for it, at this time, but 

at that, for I heard of BOUie members if God will blew me with the means x ;' ,u - There is one minister living 
who said they were li\ ing on nothing fo Spare, 1 will take it a> soon a> 1 tuIl . v niiles from here, so we can 
but corn bfead and sorgum molasses, can. I can do nothing more at this '» avo meeting only every .-. 
and if they did not get a change time than 90 thank ye* for vnur w eel«« We have a good country , 
Bona their health would be injured, kindness, fai sending me the two Nob. P**** there.nre good prospects oi' a 
TUey are also Very scarce of cloth- 1 hope \ our efforts may proserin Hailroad running through here. 
ing. The merchants are s-Jung their the good cause of our Lord and our 
goods so high that many of the poor , God. 

are not abb- to purchase what they j There is one thing 1 see proj 
actually need. V<>u may readily by the beloved brotherhood, that is 
conclude that a great deal of good a change *f System in holding the 
could be done by "tiding help to kntiuai Conference, end b) the 
•untry, for the widows draw no writing of the brethren 1 infer that 
This I !•. k to thcN oaaworf -■ e ■ this 

bud government matter. What i« the cause ? 1 • 



Friend Eli Hamilton, Kokomo, 

lnd.. says : "I am not a member of 
your church, but I am a reader of 
the <\>»t[ anion, and 1 think it de- 
serves a much wider circulation than 
it has. 1 think there are a 

nanny oC your member" that do not 
properly appreciate the merits of the 



of tin United States, that nil] per- because we do not know what the 

rait such a vast noi orphans chance is, oi what is to be chan 

and widows to gee then- ipport ai I I Inl thai is the cause. A 

b cans • , : before i br< (fawn in I 

I '• or er • . ;,. v ,. i.. n ,i,.j, r ,\,.,i of • 

no' help, I ,,. „ u i) j „, j a ,, , ( , ur ,. 

rebolsby name; many of w] uu wer< Annual Confer 

bunted tike the fox, and kept in '■■ 

the army by tl nt. In con- to know Vhaf m 



/.. i>r they would eel i.iiuiy 
for it 
a ituii h wider circulation." 

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history, and authorized us to Buit 
our own fancy. 

First meeting on the evening of 
tin. 'Jdtli, in the Dauphin Co. branch, 
where wc met brother Moses Shuler 
who remained with us at nine ap- 
pointments. We held 11 meetings 
in that branch, of which brother 
Hollinger is Bishop. Our meetings 
were well attended, and with good 
onhr and attention. We visited a 
number of feeble members who were 
too infirm to attend public preach- 
ing, whom we endeavored to console 
and exhort to be faithful until the 
end. We had brother John Zug 
with us at three meetings, and had 
quite a conversation with him on re- 
ligious subjects. We also met br. 
Christian Bucher, and Wm. Hertz- 
ler. 

Next place of meeting was Mill- 
port, Lancaster Co. Near this place 
we visited an aged sister, who was 
struck with Palsy, so that she could 
not converse with the brethren, on 
account of which she wept much. — 
We also had meeting in the White 
Oak branch, and at Ladon, and 
Longenecker Meeting-house, and had 
crowded houses and good attention. 

From thence we went to the 
Ephrata branch, where we held sev- 
eral meetings, making in all 10 ap- 
pointments in Lancaster Co. 

We returned home after a jour- 
ney of two weeks, and found our 
families all- well. May the Lord 
bless our weak labors. 



A word to our friends. Brother 
Holsinger ; permit me, through the 
"Companion," to drop a word to our 
friends. We landed here on the 6th 
of April 1865 ; were, as we still are, 
well pleased with the country, and 
the people, and everything prosper- 
ed with us, for some time ; but a- 
bout the last of July I took a cough; 
in a short time the fever visited us 
all ; but passed off again, leaving my 
cough with me ; it is now pronounc- 
ed consumption ; some say Bronchi- 
tis has its place in my affliction. My 
(sufferings arc now (Feb. 8th 1866) 
so that I am confined to my room, 
except on very fine days, when I 
can walk out a little. 

Feb. 18th my health is still failing; 






we have disposed of our property, 
and on the 20th we expect, the Lord 
willing, to start back to Pa. ; so, 
brother Holsinger, you will hereaf- 
ter send my paper to Ilillsboro, Wash- 
ington Co., Pa., and oblige your se- 
verely afflicted, and suffering broth- 
er. 

SAMUEL MOORE. 
West Independence, Ohio. 

Notice of DlNtrict Meeting. 

The District Meeting of Southern 
Indiana, will be held, (the Lord wil- 
ling,) on Friday the 30th day of 
March, 1866, in the Nettle creek 
church, in Wayne Co., Ind, one 
mile west of Hagerstown, on the Cin- 
cinnati and Chicago Railroad, and 
six miles north of Cambridge City, 
on the Indiana Central ; these two 
being the proper places to stop off 
the trains. 

DAVID BOWMAN. 

Hagerttown, Ind. 

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Brother John P. Nance, Nebras- 
ka City, Nebraska, says : "This is 
a healthy country, and a good soil, 
but I cannot recommend it, on ac- 
count of the scarcity of timber, and 
the poor quality of it, being princi- 
pally Elm and Cotton Wood. 

I wish brother Christian Long 
would inform me through the "Com- 
panion," in what part of Nebraska 
those sisters live, whom he referred 
to in his journal of his trip West, 
"Companion," Vol. 1, page 223. 

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Our Double Sheet. — From our 
paper this week, our readers have 
an opportunity of forming an idea 
of what our paper would have been, 
had we succeeded in obtaining a list 
that would have sustained us in en- 
larging it. Although we have had 
no extra force working upon it, we 
are pleased to lay before our readers 
the present issue, in a style and con- 
dition, of which, " the workman 
needeth not be ashamed," and on 
our regular day. 

This number closes the term of 
many of our old subscribers, who we 
hope will be pleased to renew their 



subscription. They will find, " Last 
No." marked opposite their names, 
to give them notice. 

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Friend John C. Wampler, Dub- 
lin, Ind., writing from Fletcher, Mi- 
ami Co., Ohio, says : "I am at this 
place on a visit to my half-brother, 
who is a very poor man, and is with- 
out your paper, of which I am a great 
admirer, lie is a member of the 
Church, and is trying to inform him- 
self in the laws of God, and the du- 
ties of a christian ; or in other words, 
he is studying the Scriptures, and 
trying to live a christian life, there- 
fore I will send you the money for 
the paper for him, which please ad- 
dress to his daughter who is also a 
member. 



Minutes. — We desire that the 
brethren should take into considera- 
tion the matter of having the min- 
utes of our Annual Meeting printed 
in the Companion. We desire to fur- 
nish all our subscribers with the 
Minutes, and it would be a saving* of 
no small consideration. We intend 
to renew our request for the priv- 
ilege, at next Conference, and hence 
would desire that the various 
branches should give the matter 
some attention at home, and be 
prepared to give an expression 
when they are called upon through 
their representatives, or delegates. 
Last year's Conference, made no 
objection to publishing them in the 
Companion, but some individuals 
thought it would be more conve- 
nient to have them put up in a 
different form. If we receive the 
privilege of publishing them in the 
paper, we can furnish those who 
desire it with a copy of a smaller 
form. 

Back Nc-S. can no longer be fur- 
nished farther back than No. 4, No. 
3 having run out. Of the others we 
have still a supply, and new subscri- 
bers may begin with No. 4. 



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DIED. 

In the Falrvlew branch, Fa. Feb. 14th, sister 
MARY COOVEK ; aged 71 years, 10 months, 
and 17 days. She leaves 8 children to monro 
their loss') all save one belonging to the 
church. We can truly say she was a mother 
in Israel ; she brought up her children in the 
"admonition of the Lord." She was a faith- 
ful member tn the church for many years. — 
Funeral survices by Jacob Mack, from Psalm 
37 : 37. E. A. Craft. 

In the Glade Run branch, Armstrong Co., 
Pa., Feb. 16lh, brother JOHN JOHN ; aged 
about 80 years. Funeral services by William 
Cousin, from Hebrews 13 : 14. 



List of moneytt received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

SamuL-1 Marklev, Rogers Ford, Pa. 1.50 

Peter Kauffman, Centre Valley, Pa. 1.50 

J. Y. J3eckkr, Harleysvlllc, Pa. 1.26 

Henry Bender, Boliver, O. < 6ome time ) 1.50 

H. Penrod, Shanesville, O. ) ago. $ t-50 

John B. Denlinger, Dayton, O. 1.50 
Annie M. L. Pannebaker, Lewistown, Pa. 1.50 

P. L. Swine, Shirlevsburg, Pa. 1.50 
//. B. Brumbaugh, McConnelstown, Pa. 1.50 

George Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

John Brumbaugh, " .50 

Miss Annie S. Beightel, " 1.25 

D. B. Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

Benj. Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

Jos. 8. Beightel, " 1.50 

Fred Showalter, " 1.50 

A. B. Brumbaugh. James Creek, Pa. 1.50 

Robert Mason, •• 1.50 

Eld Isaac Brumbaugh, '< 1.50 

A. W. Brumbaugh, - 1.50 

Senrj Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

G. B. Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

Isaac Brumbaugh, jr. «« 1.50 

P. P. Brumbaugh, Coffee Run, Pa. 1.25 

Daniel Brumbaugh, " 1.50 

David Brnmbaugh, " 1.50 

Dr. J. B. Wengart, E. Freedom, Pa. 1.50 

Maria Harlcy, Ephrata, Pa. .50 

K. Miller, Polo, 111. 1.50 

Jacob Witmore, Fostoria, Ohio, 1.50 
/■ 0. Wampler, for Mary Ann Byerly, 

Fletcher, Ohio, 1.50 

.1' 1 1'iuiah Gump, Perry, Ind. 1.50 

Georn Gump, " 1.50 

Jacob Cocanower, Wakarusa, Ind. 1.50 

A. L. Funk, Shirleysburg, Pa. .50 

Christ Myers, Honey Grove, Pa. .50 

David Gerlach, Ml. Joy, Pa. 1.50 



MISCELLANEOUS. 



C'ouMider. 

BY CMKIMT1NA O. ROSSITTI. 

Consider 
The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:— 
We are as they ; 
Like llniii we fade away, 
As doth a leaf. 
Consider 
The sparrows of the air of small account : 

Our <io'l doth ^ i'-w 
\\ lirih'-r tiny fall (ir mount. — 

II • guaraa un too. 

< IsuMh 

•. tb it do nriti,rr spin nor toll, 
V' I an iii" t lair: 
\s h.ii proflta all i lila care 
And all Ibis .oil I 

< 'nllMili-r 

Th'- Mrdf that havr no barn or hinrit wrWs ; 
Qod flTM thtm food : — 

Much mop- our father nn-ks 
To do us good. 




Beautiful Swiss Custom. — It 
was formerly the usage of the Swiss 
peasantry to watch the setting sun, 
until he had left the valleys and was 
I sinking behind the ever-snow-clad 
mountains, when the mountaineers 
I would seize their horns, and sing 
through the instrument, " Praise the 
j Lord." This was caught up from 
i Alp to Alp by the descendants of 
| Tell, and repeated until it reached 
the valleys below. A solemn silence 
then ensued, until the last trace of 
the sun disappeared, when the herds- 
man on the top sang out, " Good 
Night" which was repeated as be- 
fore, until every one had retired to 
his resting place. 

The Swedish mountaineers, since 
the days of the great Gustavus, 
have been extravagantly fond of 
music. The female mountaineers 
blow on an instrument called a lar, 
a sort of long trumpet, sometimes 
twelve feet in length. Its sound is 
strong, and at the same time sharp, 
yet by no means unpleasant. When 
supported by one and played on by 
another, it presents a very odd ap- 
pearance, and may be heard at a 
very great distance. 



Extraordinary Losobtitt. 

Joseph Crell, died, Jan 20, 1866, 
who, according to the register of the 
French Catholic church, at Detroit, 
was born in the year 1725, and was 
therefore 140 years of age. Such 
cases occur only a few times in every 
thousand years. 

Christian Van Pool, now living 
in Centre Co., this State, was born 
June 22, 1754, and is consequently 
in his 112th year. Last harvest he 
worked in the field. 

Jaten Taylor, colored, residing in 
Milesburg, same county, is said to 
be 106 years of age. 

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Christian Union. — The name 
brethren — O lovely distinction ! 
When will it swallow up every other ? 
When shall the religious world re- 
member, that all real Christians, not- 

I withstanding their differences, are 
justified by the same blood, sancti- 

i fied by the same grace, traveling the 
same way, heirs of the same glorv, 
children of the same father, of whom 
the whole family in heaven and 
earth is named. 



The Christian's Work. — The 
proper work of Christians is the ex- 
tension of Christianity ; the adding 
to the cloud of witnesses, the dimi- 
nution of the sons of dar knees, 
the accession of gems to the Re- 
deemer's crown. It is to be imbued 
withholy, untiring anxieties to res- 
cue beings like themselves from 
going down to the pit ; and because 
time is short, to devote every power, 
to consecrate every talent, devise 
every means, employ every resource, 
to " save souls from death," conse- 
quently to remember that men are al> 
wmyi perishing, that, threfore, we 
ihoold be slwayyi laboring; that the 
for activity is circumscribed, 
and thai, ere long, the night will 

OOme —it is coining when our 
tongues shall be silent, our hands 
motionless, sad our benrti pulei 

for there is no work, nor del ioe, nor 

knowledge, nor wisdom in the gfUTS 

whither thou goest. 

Goodness heightens beauty. 



Love, well understood is wisdom. 

OUR PUZZLE CORNER. 



Scriptural Enigma. 

I am Composed of 22 letters. 

My 12, 7, 5, 16, 1, was a disciple of 
Christ. 

My 11, 8, 3, 20, 19, 6, was one of 
the Prophets. 

M\ 21. 18,4, 20, 3, was a noted 
convert of Thvatira. 

My 12. tj It, 21, was one of the 
Apostles. 

My |, 6, 10, 20, 8, 13, ia a wonder- 
ful counselor. 

My 18, 19, 15, 11, 14, 8, was a king 
"t Medina. 

M\ 2. 17, 10, 14, was a cunning 

•sneer. 

M v whole is good counsel to all. 

I' I>. SlIIVEl.EV. 

BOWQl k-STIONS. 
Was Hainan), the son of Deof, a 

prophet of the Lord ? 

What buttle was that, in which 

■ere poeess wen destroyed by 
Heilotoaoi men !>\ Ike Sword I 

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Ii'ii'-Ikt. -in<l« i Ik- liiilc lieurt* 
wrlght. 

"Teacher, wnnh the lit ! Ic feet 

Walking threugh tli *■ DDMifowl fair, 

Ifaod'rlng through the crowded street, 
S much hcarii cr ootie'd there. 

Never count the labor lost, 
N> vcr li»i d the pnins it coat, 

Little fret will go u«tr»y; 

Tc»cu»r, watch them while _v< u imy. 

There i- a weighty responsibility 
resting upon the teachers of our 

Counter. Did you, teacher. c\ cr feel 
the importance of your position ? 
aid you ever in:ike the earnest re- 
solve that, by the help of God, you 



impart t<> the little souls God has 
given you. l)aniel Webster says : 
"If we work upon marble it will per- 
ish ; if wc work upon brasvts, tiiuj will 
eiface it ; if we rear temples thoy will 
, crumble into dust ; but if we work 
will discharge yourduty—yourwhole upon i nimul . t;l l minds— if we imbue 
duty, as tar 13 in you l.eth, and taith- thcm with hi ., h principles, „&}, foe 
tolly labor to^npart to the little in- j llst fear of God and their fellow-men, 

we engrave on those tablets some- 
thin.; which no time can eiTaee, but 
which will brighten to all eternity. — 
E. A. Eariiart. 



which will eventually bring 
endless happiness ; and by whom can 
this be H well done as bj the teaeh- 
cr> of our youth ? Children's minds 
and hearts are very susceptible to 
first impressions, and they generally 
influence all the child's after acts. — 
How important, then, first impres- 
SMfltJ should be good. Parents and 
w ;ohers, remember you will not be 
held guiltless for the instruction you ' mortals; no one who holds the power 



Mutual i»<-p»ii<i<-iic<- 

raee of mankind would perish 

did they cease to aid each other. 

i the time the motherlands the 

child's head till the radtnent that 

some kind aaMstajrf wipes the death* 

damp from the brew of the dying, 

"■not exist without mutual help. 

All, therefore, that need aid have 

a right to ask it of their fellow 






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unng can refuse it 

-Walter Scott. 



without 



nocents placed un<ler your care high 
and holy thought! ? Your actions 
and instruction will be indelibly en- 
graved upon thousands now in your 
care, and exert an influence upon 
countless thousands yet unborn. 0, 
how necessary, then, that teachers 



Questions Well AiishitccI. 

A sophist wishing to puzzle Thales 
strive to educate, not only the mind, the Miletian, on? of the wise men of 

Greece, proposed to him, in rapid 



but the heart also. 

'•Teacher, waich lite little heart, 

Pulsing here with hope iind love 
Truthful U-rcons here impart, 

Leading to our homes above. 

Never deem thp labor lost, 

Never heed the pains it cost; 
Little hearts, hereafter, may 

Control the children of to day. 
Oh, yes, watch and guide it aright. 
You can train them to love all that 
is beautiful and noble ; though it ! work of God." 
costs you care and trouble, yet is it " What is the greatest of 
in your mission, and in duty bound things?" 

you must fulfill it. Perhaps your re- " Space, because it contains 
ward may not be in dollars and cents, things that are created." 
At best this is but a paltry recoin- '• What is the quickest of 

• for the trials of a teacher's life ; things ?" 
yet the happy reflection of an approv- 
ing coneieiiee, and the reward that 
awaits thee beyond the starry realms 
for work well and nobly done, should 
be an incentive to greater exertion. 
It is a mistaken idea . under which 



i succession, the following difficult 

j questions. The philosophor replied 

to them all, without the least hesita- 

j tion, and with how much propriety 

and precision our readers can judge 

for themselves : 

" What is the oldest of all things ?" 
"God, because he always existed." 
" What is the most beautiful ?" 
"The world, because it is the 

all 

all 

all 



Man.nl.rs. — Wlnt a rare gift is 
that of manners ! how difficult to de- 
fine — how much more difficult to im- 
part. Better 1 foftt man to possess 
than wealth, beauty, ortalent; they 
will more than supply all. No at- 
tention i> too minute, no labor too 
exaggerated, which tends to protect 
them. He who enjoys their advanta- 
ges in the highest degree, viz. he 
who can please, penetrate, persuade, 
as occasion may require, wants 
nothing but opportunity to become 

" great." 

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Many persons have their best 
society in their own hearts and souls 
— the purest memories of earth and 
the sweetest hopes of heaven ; their 
loneliness cannot be called solitude. 

Adversities are blessings in disguise. 



Thought, because in a moment 
it can fly to the end of the uni- 
verse." 

" What is the strongest?" 

" Necessity, because it makes 
men face all the dangers of life." 

" What is the most difficult '.'" 

" To know yourself." 

" What is the most constant of all 



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many labor, that we are to fit only 
ourselves to inherit that legacy 
which a loving Savior -o kindly offers 
far OUT aCceptanw. It is our impcr- things'." 

ative. ami we owe it to our fellow- "Hope, because it still remains 
mortals, to eii.iea\ or to create a long- with man after he has lost every - 
ir hearts f ur this great thing else." 



THE 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Uenry R. FTolsingori who Is a member of 
the ••Church of the Brethren," so mctlmfi l 
known by the name of -German Baptis "A 
vulgarl} or ir.alicioiii.ly called •• Dnnkari*." 

The design of the work is (o advocate tr..th, 
expose error, and encourage the tine Christian 
on his way to Zion. 

It assume* that the N< :W Testatum! i- the 

] Will of God, and that no on<- can hart the 

promise of salvMion without observing afl <ta 

■■■ faith, Rc- 

pentancc, Prayer, Baptism hy trine iuimcr- 

i eion, Feet Washing, r Ln er, the 

i Holy Communion, Chat 

I the world) and a full resignation to the whole 

I will <>f Qod 8* he - to»l i ; throngh his 

Jeans Christ. 

So much of the affair* of .his world as will 

I be thought necessary to the • rvance 

; of the signs of the times, or cue* m uaj ten I 

to the moral, mental, ur physical boned) o( 

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For th* Companion. 
Dropping*. 

"On* by one the sands are flowing," 
One by one the days are going : 
Drop by drop the life tide's falling, 
Teice to Toice in silence calling. — 

Hand to hand In friendship meeting ; 
Heart to hear Us lore repeating ; 
Eye to eye the mind revealing ; 
Soul from soul no truth concealing. 

Step by step the hill ascending ; 
Slow but sure the mists are rending ; 
Spire on spire is now appearing ; 
Domt on dome its h«ad is rearing. 

Light on light through darkness shining, 
Cloud on cloud with silver lining; 
Hope aud faith our way is cheering ; 
Jesus Christ our bark is steering. — 

"One by one the sands are flowing." 
One by one the da^s are going, 
Drop by drop the life tide's falling ; 
Voice to voice in silence calling. — 

L. H. MILLER. 



For the Compnnion. 
Sabbath Schools. 

This subject is receiving some at- 
tention from the brethren of late, and 
we venture to say, if viewed in the 
right light, and conducted in a prop- 
er spirit of religious advancement, 
much good will result through such 
a religious training of the rising 
generation. We see no impropriety 
in offering a few suggestions on the 
designs and requirements which such 
an institution should have. The e- 
vils and defects which mostly adhere 
to these schools, are such as the fol- 
lowing: 

1. The memory is too much bur- 
dened with the retention of words, 
or committing to memory without a 
proper comprehension of what id 
committed, instead of exercising the 
rational faculty by illustrating facte 
simplified. 

2. Religious instruction is too 
much confinod to only a few objects 
and illustrations, instead of extend- 
ing the whole range of object confin- 
ed within the compass of Divine Rev- 
elation. 

8. Discussions on ijrtniustUl tbf 1 
egy, too often take the place of mo- 
ral instruction addressed to the affec- 
tions and the conscience. 



4. Catechisms, and other human 
traditions, are too frequently made 
use of, instead of instructing direct- 
ly from the Scriptures. 

5. Many of the instructors, how- 
ever pious and well intended, are de- 
ficient in simplifying knowledge, in 
order to convey clear conceptions of 
every portion of knowledge they wish 
to inculcate into the juvenile minds. 

The teachers, if empowered to ask 
questions, or to impart religious in- 
struction to their respective classes, 
must be pious and well informed. — 
Without proper qualifications they 
can never ascertain the range of 
thought possessed by the pupils, and 
thus adapt their reasoning to convey 
clear and distinct ideas. We have 
no hesitancy in saying, that instruc- 
tions of youth ought to have as mucAi 
information on the subject of relig- 
ion, as is judged necessary for a 
true minister of the Gospel. The 
great object of religious instruction 
is to communicate in clear ideas, the 
attributes of God ; the principles of 
hi* moral government, ; the variety 
and immensity of his works ; the his- 
tory of his providential dispensa- 
tions ; the plan of his redemption ; 
and the way in which Lis blessings 
are obtained ; the principles of mor- 
al actions, and the rules of duty he 
has prescribed ; and whatever tends 
to display the riches of his grace and 
the glories of his universal King- 
dom. 

In throwing out these remarks, we 
do not insinuate, that no good can be 
effected where instructions are defi- 
cient in some of these qualifications. 
Many good impressions can be made 
upon the youthful minds by pious 
and well meaning persons, whose 
of information Umore limited. 
Rut it is evident at the same time, I 



powerful moral impression upon the 
heart. The superintendent, or prin- 
cipal instructor, should be of a com- 
municative turn of mind, and by ex- 
perience should have the ability of 
imparting ideas in a familiar style, 
to the youthful understanding. He 
should likewise exercise an influen- 
tial deportment, and devote much of 
his time and energies in qualifying 
himself in such a manner as to inter- 
est the pupils in their scriptural stu- 
dies. Such labors of love will cer- 
tainly be recompensed by the Al- 
mighty Father in heaven. It is fre- 
quently found expedient to relate 
truthful circumstances, incidents, an- 
ecdotes, and descriptions, in order to 
explain and illustrate many portions 
of Divine Revelation. Every school 
should have outline maps of those 
ancient countries represented in the 
Bible ; especially the ancient maps 
of Egypt and Palestine. The juve- 
nile minds are particularly interes- 
ted and impressed by representing 
the places most frequented by Christ 
and his apostles, in his time upon 
earth. Books of novelties, of false 
representations, should never be ad- 
mitted. The practice of addressing 
long and theological discourses to 
young should be avoided, because 
the greater part of it they do not un- 
derstand. Such a practice would 
entirely frustrate the great object of 
the institution, and would seem as if 
the speaker was recommending him- 
self to the attention of the adult part 
of his audience, while the children 
would be playing with their fingers, 
and eagerly wishing to be gone. — 
Addresses lo the v. ung should nev- 
er be continued beyond ten or fifteen 
minutes, unless the subject be ex- 
tremely interesting and the attention 
exclusively fixed upon it. Let it 



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aa to these Mtpcfc, and many oth- j signs of such institutions are a 
ert not mentioned, that they could ; counteract immoralities, or anv be- 
couvcy a much greater degree of im- j setting sins, ami to inculcate such 
portant instruction, aud make a more j principles of the nural actions, as 



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morality, honesty, truth, humility, 
lore, beneTolence, patience, temper- 
ance, resignation, and all other 
christian graces, and humane vir- 
tues. Grave responsibilities are rest- 
ing upon sunday-school officers.— 
They should teach by precept and 
example, as well as the true minis- 
ter of the Gospel. As he stands 
between God and man to proclaim 
the glad tidings of great joy, and 
urges faith and obedience thereto, 
so are they standing between God 
and the youth to impress their ten- 
der minds with the existence of a 
supreme being ; of their continual 
dependence upon him ; of his good- 
ness, power and omnipotence. Is 
this not assximing a responsible posi- 
tion ? But let it also be remember- 
ed that every father and mother is 
placed in a similar position ; yet how 
few realize this great truth*! The 
injunction, "train up a child in the 
way he should go," is of the highest 
authority, and should be considered 
as handed down from the high courts 
of heaven. The sentence, or the 
conclusion of that important injunc- 
tion, "and when he is old he will not 
depart from it," contains a most im- 
portant truth, and demonstrates the 
plasticity of the tender mind, and 
the indelibleness of impressions up- 
on such minds. This declaration is 
made without the least exception, 
and modification, and must be view- 
ed as a universal and eternal truth. 
How important is it, then, to coun- 
teract, in early youth, the pernicious 
principles of fraud, dishonesty, de- 
ceit, hatred and malignity ; and train 
them to practice love, kindness, hon- 
esty, justice and truth! Not onlv 
is it necessary to train them to exer- 
cise kindness and affection towards 
one another, but also to habits of 
cleanliness, neatness, and regularity 
in all their movements, and to con- 
duct themselves with moral order and 
propriety, wherever they are. 

We have now unfolded some of 
the requirements and designs of Sab- 
bath Schools, hoping no injury will 
be done, but some good accomplish- 
ed. It was not our design to advo- 
cate the propriety of establishing 
such schools by a number of scriptu- 
ral quotations, however numerous 



they are to sustain such a movement 
if directed through a proper motive 
and in the fear of God. Every re- 
flective mind should have the power 
to discriminate between the abuse 
and the proper use of such institu- 
tions. 

S. B. FURRY. 
New Enterpri$e, Pa. 

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, For the Companion. 

la all political TOtlug t be mn.ur. 

From the many arguments that 
have been advanced for and against 
political voting, by the brethren in 
our invaluable periodicals, and from 
the general feeling prevailing against 
it, when discussed in council, at our 
late Annual Meeting, evinces that 
the brotherhood, by a great majority 
is opposed to the exercise of the e- 
lective franchise among its members, 
on all political questions. That it 
properly belongs to the subjects of 
all earthly kingdoms ; that it is in- 
seperably conjoined with the sword, 
cannot be refuted, and hence is as 
palpably inconsistent for the meek, 
conscientious, non-resistant disciple 
of the Lord Jesus, to run with the 
noisy, political rabbles of the day, 
with his ballot in his hand, to the 
polls, as it would be for him to rush 
with the marshalled soldiery of the 
day with the sword in his hand to 
the battle. In the one he performs 
the politician, in the other the tol- 
dier ; and it may justly be remarked 
that no man has a right to be the 
former unless he is willing and rea- 
dy, at his country's call, to become 
the latter ; for to volunteer 3-our po- 
litical services at the polls, and then 
to be reluctant to volunteer your 
military services in the hour of your 
country's need, to support your po- 
litical measures, and the officers of 
your choice, is acting the coward in- 
deed. 

Hence upon the christian that 
stands aloof, and keeps himself free, 
and unshackled in politics, the "pow- 
ers that be" have no claims in time 
of war. 

lint while I am penning these self- 
evident truths, I wish to enquire 
whether all voting is the same as that 
of electing men to legislative and 
executive ofnr?s. 1 know that some 



of our brethren think that voting for u 
certain measures involving priciples r " 
of a moral character, such as amend- " * 
ments to the constitutions, submitted 
to the voice of the people, is not on- 
ly a privilege but a duty. All vo- 
ting however brings us into contact 
with the sword, and hence should 
not be permitted. Some questions 
of law are first taken into delibera- 
tion, discussed, and voted upon, by 
the body legislative, and then final- 
ly submitted to their constituency 
for ratification or rejection. Now, 
brother, your vote so ratifying or 
ar.nuling an act of assembly may 
help to cast up a majority, and 
should a minority become agrieved 
insurgent, and rebellious, refusing to 
submit to the decision, the sword 
would be called into requisition, to 
enforce obedience, as it was in the 
late rebellion ; and should the chief 
executive of the government call on 
you for military services, then again 
would you stultify yourself, and be- 
come chargeable with inconsistency 
and cowardice, for refusing to sus- 
tain the position you took at the polls. 

Hence voting for men to fill offices 
in the gift of the people, or voting 
for measures and means, will alike 
throw around you the weapons of 
carnal warfare. The sooner, there- 
fore, every member in Christ's king- 
dom can be weaned off, and a more 
complete estrangement to, and thro' 
separation from the kingdom of this 
world be realized, the purer and 
more incontaminated will be our re- 
ligion and profession of faith ; the 
clearer will our light shine ; — the 
stronger will be the unity of the 
spirit, and the bond of peace among 
the brotherhood ; and the church, the 
"chosen generation," the " Royal 
Priest-hood," the "Holy Nation," 
the "Purchased people of God," will 
appear more like in its primitive day 
of Christianity ; unfettered by poli- 
tics ; white as the lily of the field and 
fair as the rose of the Sharon ; love- 
ly and unsullied as a bride adorned 
for her husband. 

May the Companion, and Visitor, 
together with the watchmen on the 
walls of Zion accomplish this end, is 
vour unworthv servant's prayer. 
ED. S. MILLER. 



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Be Steadftut. 

"Not all that say unto mr, Lord, Lord, 
•hall enter iato the kingdom of heaTen, but 
they that do the will of my Father which n 
in heaven." 

" Many will say unto me in that 
day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophe- 
sied in thy name ; and in thy name 
have cast out devils, and in thy 
name done many wonderful works ;" 
but then Christ will profess unto 
them that he never knew them, and 
call them workers of iniquity. 

With what precaution, care, and 
ardent zeal ought we then to exam- 
ine all our actions of service to God, 
and the motives that cause those ac- 
tions, when we sec that men can be 
so awfully deluded and deceived, in 
those days wherein it is said, "here 
is Christ," and there is Christ, kc. ; 
and "if the heart is right, all is 
right," and the plain oommandments 
of the great lawgiver are called 
nonessentials. No doubt the chil- 
dren of Israel thought their hearts 
were right, when their zeal in the 
worship of Baal, caused them to cut 
themselves with knives and lancets, 
until the blood gushed out upon 
them. See 1 Kings 18th chapter. 
We, then, who are compassed with 
such a cloud of witnesses, ought to 
go to the law and the testimonies, 
and ought to hear what they testify, 
viz : cursed is the man that trueteth 
in man, and maketh flesh his arm. — 
But remember that if any one lack 
wisdom, "let him ask it of God, who 
giveth liberally to all men, and up- 
braideth not." We ought not to be 
driven about with every wind of 
doctrine, but like the noble people 
of Bcrea, search the Scriptures dai- ' 
ly, to see if these things be so. And [ 



remember the words of Christ, 
that "whosoever is ashamed of me 
an 1 my words, of him will I alio be 
ashamed before my Father, and the 
holy angels." There is certainly a 
great evil in the neglect of duty, 
an.i U) me it appears very evident 
to be the duty of the children of man 
to exorciie the faculty of their mind, 
or their reasoning powers, or in 
other words, occupy with the talents 
God has given them. Now it it 
worthy of notice that it is he who 
hai received but one talent that 

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was dilitary in duty. And this may 
have reference to the peasantry, or 
common people, and may with pro- 
priety be applied to both spiritual 
and temporal things ; for instance, 
let us look at the course of the world 
in political matters. Is not the ma- 
jority led by a few aspiring dema- 
gogues ? And is it not humiliating 
and heartrending, that some of our 
own members, who profess to have 
come from darkness to light, from 
the kingdom of Satan to the kingdom 
of Christ, have within the last few 
years been heard to speak evil of 
our rulers, sanctioned a wicked re- 
bellion against one of the best gov- 
ernments on earth, and sometimes 
(as I believe) in order to sustain 
their political creed, have even jus- 
tified slavery, one of the foulest 
crimes on the earth. Now, I believe, 
that if in a spiritual sense, we have 
an eye single to the glory of God, 
and to the promotion of his king- 
dom here upon earth, and to the ed- 
ification of immortal souls, these 
things would not be so. Now hav- 
ing mentioned slavery I will say a 
little more about it. Under the 
Jewish dispensation the Jew could 
not hold his brother as a bond man, 
but only as a hired servant. Now 
why was Jacob called Israel ? Be- 
cause as a prince hast thou power 
with God, and with men, and hast 
prevailed. See Genesis 32 : 28. 
Now what part of the human family 
was it caused the bowels of God's 
compassion to yearn over the sons 
and daughters of man ? When it is 
said, Cod is no respecter of persons, 
but among every nation he that 
feareth him and worketh righteous- 
ness is accepted with him | Were 
not many of the children of Israel 
ungodly men and women? Thev 
are at least complained of, as being 
a stillhetkcd, hard hearted, and re- 
bellious people. Yet the rebellious 
Jew could not hold his pious brother 
as a bond man ; neither could the 
true Israelite hold his sinful brother 
as a bond man, but only us a hired 
servant ; but must got his bond-men 
and bond maids from the heathen, 
which were round about and amongst 
tii>'m, who hud not the oracles of 
Cod. Mow since the command is, 



to preach the gospel to every crea- 
ture, and to teach all nations, does 
not the whole human family stand 
in the same connection with God, as 
the children of Israel did under the 
Mosaic dispensation ? Where then 
will we find those from whom we 
may get bond-men and bond-maids ? 
They cannot be found by the Christ- 
ian. But says one, we, the Breth- 
ren, must not have slaves, but the 
world or outsiders, may have them. 
Yes, true, we dare not prevent 
them (the world) from having slaves, 
with sword and pistol ; but we must 
reprove the works of darkness, and, 
as that greatest prophet, born among 
women,rebuke the sinners of theworld. 

Now to Cain it was said, "If thou 
doest well shalt thou not be accep- 
ted ; and if thou doest not well, sin 
lieth at the door ;" but let him not 
have his desire, but rule over him. 
Oh ! how much and how earnestly, 
should we watch and pray, that we 
be not enticed to sin ; for* as I fre- 
quently have said, and more fre- 
quently thought, that although, de- 
plorable as was the fall of man, yet 
God could always find access to the 
heart. In like manner, man never 
becomes so holy in this life, but 
Satan can insinuate for him. May 
the reader ponder well. Amen. 
DAVID BOSSFRMAN. 

Adam* Co., Pa. 



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The sure Guidk fru.m Kkror in- 
to Tri th.— In the little village of 
Rosendorf, on the border of Bohemia, 
about four years ago, a thoroug infi- 
del greatly annoyed the Romish 
priest by hid views, who in de»j air 
of convincing him of his error, direct- 
ed him to read the Bible. He did 
so, and was led by it not only to re- 
nounce his unbelief, but to see that 
Romanism was not in accordance 
with the Scriptures which the priest 
embavored in vain to counteract. He 
now began to speak an 1 read the 
Scrii .• hi* follow village. -i - 

Riblcs have been procured and 
meetings have been held weekly. 
There has been about a hu: 
conversions fror Romauism ami the 
work has been gaining ground w ithout 
help from abroad till recently. The 
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I. duration. 

Under this head I find an able 
article in the "Companion" by bro- 
ther Karn, who clearly demonstrates 
the iuflucace of education for good 
or evil. That education has been 
misapplied and abused, no sensible 
person will deny, but this is by no 
means an argument against its ac- 
quisition. There is no good thing 
free from abuse ; and, if we were to 
get no education on account of oth- 
ers abusing it, then for the same rea- 
son we should never become chris- 
tians, because there is scarcely any- 
thing more abused than religion. — 
That education makes men proud, 
we do not believe ; the more truly 
educated a man becomes, the more 
insignificant he will seem to himself, 
and the humbler he will be. Neith- 
er do I believe that education of a 
•ecular kind will lead any out of our 
church, hit I do know it hat led 
tome into it. A knowledge of the 
sciences or languages will not lead 
any from our church ; a study of 
these and especially of the latter is 
greatly in our favor, but the relig- 
ious influences of sectarian schools is 
powerful and I know instances where 
the brethren's children have been 
carried away by such. In view of 
this fact brother Karn inquires where 
we shall send our children, as the 
Brethren had no schools. He is prob- 
ably not aware that there is at least 
one school under the exclusive con- 
trol of a brother, who is enabled to 
educate the youth of both sexes for 
the duties of life, for teachers, or to 
prepare young men for any class in 
college. This is not a denomina- 
tional school, as no creed is taught, 
instead of which, however, the Bible 
is made the text book on religion, 
and the New Testament is regarded 
as the only rule of faith and practice, 
and this sentiment we instil into the 
minds of our pupils with all the abil- 
ity wc possess. Besides this, we em- 1 
brace the opportunities offered daily j 
to instil into the tender mind of 
youth a knowledge of the powor, I 
wisdom and goodness of God. In 
the geology class, wc call the atten- j 
tion of the* student to the powerful; 
agencies which have been at work i 



in preparing this earth for the abode 
of man — to the design displayed in 
controlling and directing these agen- 
cies, and finally to the designer. 

In astronomy we have ample op- 
portunity for teaching our insignifi- 
cance compared with the immensity 
of space through which the heavenly 
bodies revolve with the utmost pre- 
cision, in strict obedience to the laws 
of a Groat First Cause, and that man 
alone presumes to violate the com- 
mandments of Heaven. In addition 
to these, the study of physiology, 
chemistry, botany and even the ab- 
struse truths of mathematics may be 
employed to cultivate a religious 
feeling, while a knowledge of the 
classics places us on an equal foot- 
ing with the adversaries of truth. 

In conclusion we would say that 
this school was gotten up by hercule- 
an ffforts against great opposition, 
but is n?w on a firm basis and well 
patronized, yet we would prefer to 
have those enjoy the fruits of our la- 
bor who are of like faith as we are 
and to such we are ever ready to ex- 
tend a brother's care. Those" who de- 
sire to know more about the school, 
will please send for circular to 

S. Z. SHARP. 

Kitthacoquillat, Pa, 

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A lesson of Trust. 

Some time ago a boy was discoved 
in Clairborn street, evidently bright 
and intelligent, but sick. A man 
who has the feelings of kindness 
strongly developed went to him, 
shook him by the shoulder, and asked 
him what he was doing there. 

"Waiting for God to come for me," 
said he. 

"What do you mean," said the 
gentleman, touched by the pathetic 
tone of the answer and the condition 
of the boy, in whose eye and flushed 
face he. saw the evidences of the fe- 
ver. 

"God sent for mother and father 
and little brother," said he, "and 
took them away to His home up in 
the sky, and mother told me when 
she was sick that God would take 
care of me. I have no home, nobody 
to give me anything, and so I came 
out here, and having been looking so 
long up in the sky for God to come 



and take me, as mother said he 
would. He will come, won't He ? 
Mother never told me a lie." 

"Yes, ray lad," said the man, c- 
vercome with emotion, "He has sent 
me to take care of you." 

You should have seen his eyes 
flash and the smile of triumph break 
over his face as he said : "Mother 
never told me a lie sir; but you have 
been so long on the way." 

What a lesson of trust, and how 
the incident shows the effect of nev- 
er deceiving children with tales. 



LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., Feb., 2^1860. 

CORRESPONDENCE. 



From Western Virginia. 



A LETTER TO C. II. BALSBAUGH. 



Dear Brother: — You will doubt- 
less be surprised at receiving a com- 
munication from the pen of one un- 
known to you. We have taken 
your address out of the Gospel Vit- 
itor. We hope that, when you have 
read this, you will pardon the liberty 
we are taking in informing you of 
our condition in a spiritual point of 
view. There are a few brothers 
and sister* scattered over this coun- 
ty, but we are as " sheep having no 
shepherd" — no preacher among as, 
no assembling of ourselveB together 
as the Apostle has directed. And 
what is worse than all, we fear some 
of us may be growing cold in the 
good cause ; and it is not to be won- 
dered at if we experience a spiritual 
declension, having no preaching for 
a long period. Before the war, the 
Brethren used to visit us once a year, 
and members were added to the 
Church, and many seemed to mani- 
fest considerable interest in our 
meetings for a little while ; but two 
or three sermons cannot accomplish 
much where there are so many dif- 
ferent denominations whose ministers 
are always ready to gainsay the 
truth which the Brethren tried to 
present in its purity. Being there 
are so many Brethren in other parts 
of the Union, we sometimes think 
that some of them might be spared, 
and sent to those plases where many ( 



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are perishing for lack of knowledge. 
Oh that some "chosen vessel" might 
be persuaded to pay us a risit, and 
take up his abode with us. A min- 
ister of the Word might be instru- 
mental in doing much good here in 
the name of the "Holy Child Jesus." 
Most of the brethren who have visit- 
ed us in times past have expressed 
the opinion that if a preacher were 
located here, many souls might be 
brought to Christ, a Church built, 
and the borders of Zion enlarged. 

Is it not well worth while to make 
a sacrafice, where there is a pros- 
pect of saving souls, and of bringing 
sinners to u taste the Heaven of Je- 
sus' love?" We often hear of breth- 
ren moving from East to West, and 
it is our warmest desire and daily 
prayer that some whom God has 
called to feed " the little flock," 
would come and remain with us. — 
Oh think of us and our condition as 
members of the u Household of 
Faith." Pray for our welfare 



Should any of the brethren conclude 
to visit us at any time, they can 
come on the Baltimire and Ohio R. 
R. to Ellenboro station, in Ritchie 
Co., West Virginia. Close to the 
station lies brother Martin Cocharin, 
who would gladly receive them, and 
take them to brother John Fried- 
ley's, five miles from Ellenboro. — 
We would give them a warm recep- 
tion, and take them wherever they 
would wish to go. Or they can 
come by Bedford, Pa. ; from there to 
Cumberland, Md., which is 30 miles 
from Bedford, and from Cumberland 
to Ellenboro, a distance of about 165 
miles. 

Should you think this worth the 
trouble of answering, we would be 
much pleased to have you do so ; 
and should any of the brethren con- 
clude to visit us, we would be glad 
to have them apprise us of it by 
writing to brother Martin Cocharin, 
Ellenboro, Ritchie Co., West Va. 

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Reply. 
Beloved in Christ Jesus : — I know 
not whether I am addressing a 
brother or sister, but whether one or 
the other, your missive inclines me 
to believe you are in Christ, where 
I there is "neither male nor female," — 



a child of God, "bora of water, and j 
of the Spirit," your " life hid with i 
Christ in God," and your " name 
written in Heaven." Although we 
are strangers in the flesh, and may 
remain such while on earth, I hope 
and pray we may stand with accep- ! 
tance before the Divine Tribunal ia j 
the great day, and salute each other ! 
in the rapture of deathless love. 

The description you gave me of 
the condition of the Church in your 
place, deeply pained me, and awa- 1 
kened in me intense desire that the 
Lord of the harvest would send such i 
laborers as would sow good seed, 
and give it that nurture and care , 
which is needed to bring forth fruit 
for the Heavenly Gamer. That a , 
faithful, zealous, self-denying minis- 
ter greatly needed in your midst ia i 
manifest ; but where he is to come 
from, and when he will enter into 
that field of labor, Providence must 
determine. Were it in my power, 
or in yours, there is no doubt you 
would soon have a herald of the I 
Gospel, to water the few branches | 
that remain, and till the goodly 
land that is occupied by the Canaan- j 
ites. But the head of the Church 
will, I trust, send you a Philip at 
the bent time, to preach unto you 
Jesus, to cultivate the Lord's Garden 
in your locality, to lift the trailing j 
vines out of the dust, plant new ones, I 
and prune and dress as necessity j 
may require. 

You say, " it is your warmest de- ' 
sire and daily prayer (hat gome of 
the ministeriny brethren would come 
and remain with you." This is cer- 
tainly a good prayer, and the mo 
tive is no doubt also good, and this 
encourages me to believe that the 
same Spirit that prompts you to 
pray for such a boon, will, in due 
season, vouchsafe an answer. Pray 
earnestly, pi ay persistently, and 
with humble submission to Divine 
Providence, and " God will give you 
an answer of peace." The love of 
Christ is the sustaining motive in the 
truo missionary enterprise, and 1 
cannot but believe that among the 
many heralds of the Cross there is 
at least one who will unfurl the ban 
ner of glad tidings in your pla 
Among the multitude of ministers 



who daily pray " Thy Kingdom (j 
come," there is surely one whom 
the love of Christ will constrain to 
the Macedonian cry from Ritchie 
Co., W. V. 

In the absence of a regular min- 
istry, make the Bible and the Closet 
the constant and only sources of 
light strength, and peace. Let the 
leaves of the Gospel be as leaves 
from the " Tree of Life," and make 
at least one ample daily meal of its 
hallowed, refreshing, heart-purifying 
food. Although you have neither 
stated ministry nor public sanctuary, 
the same God that brought peace 
and security to the lonely captive in 
the lion's den, and still " the God of 
all consolation," can cheer your iso- 
lation "with all spiritual blessings in 
Christ Jesus." The songs of praise 
that Paul and Silas sung in the dun- 
geon at Philippi, were as sweet, and 
their prayers as fervent, and their 
consciousness of Christ's presence 
as warm and shrilling, as if they 
had stood in Solomon's temple in 
the midst of the vast congregation 
of worshippers. As the intensity of 
their love, the ardor of their faith, 
and the fervcr of their prayers 
brought them deliverance, why may 
we not hope that the same means 
will, in your case, issue in the same 
results. Pray without ceasing. — 
Pray in faith. Pray with entire ac- 
quiescence in the Divine Will. I' so 
all proper means in connection with 
prayer, as evidence of your sincerity, 
and as instruments for the fulfillment 
of your wishes. 

If you live in close proximity to 
any of the saints, " forsake not the 
assembling of Yourselves together." 
If you cannot congregrate by doiens 
or scores, let it be by twos. If vou 
cannot preach and expound, rap 
can perhaps give " a word of exhor- 
tation." If you cannot even do so 
much, you can weep and prav to- 
gether. You can prostrate your- 
selves before the Mercy-aeat and 
unite in inuring out the bunion o( 
your hearts. You can, with one 
soul plrad with God for a "tit man" 
to repair the wastes and breaches of 
Zion. Such meetings, although there 
be only two or three, may be attcml- 
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hear, "though lit bear long." "Be 
not faithless but believing." " The 
■et time U> favor Zion," and your 
section as well, may soon be " fully 
come." That it is your li warm de- 
$ire," and you- make it your " daily 
prayer," are indications that Cod is 
hastttiiwj the time. Leave the 
choice of the perton and the time 
with tho Lord of Hosts, but pray 
faithfully ''that He send more labo- 
rers into His harvest." That you 
are constrained to weep over the 
desolations of your part of Zion, 
may be a means to promote your 
own holiness. It may bring you 
iuto inure endearing intimacy with 
your Sarior. The trials and temp- 
tations which the spiritual barren- 
ness of your community presents, 
may drive you closer to Jesus, make 
you more importunate in your pray- 
crs, ami this closer adherence to 
Christ, this incessant supplication, 
may be blessed with an abun iant 
outpouring of the Spjtit, a revival of 
true religion, and a precious ingath- 
ering of souls into the Redeemer's 
fold. " Watch and pray." "Have 
faith in God." ■ "Let your requests 
be made known unto God." He '-is 
able to do exceeding abundantly 
above all that MB ask or think." 

'■ Grace be to you, and peace, 
from God our Father, and from the 
Lord Jcsua Christ-" Salute all 
them '' that love the Lord Jesu3 
Christ in sincerity." " I charge 
you by the Lord, that this epi* 
tie be road unto all the holy breth- 
ren." 

Your' j, with the warm affection of 
a Christian brother. 

C. II. BA1.SBAUGH. 

L'nion Bepi/tit, l\i. 

lYrigbtsinan nu<l Molabec'* Re- 
port. 

Jan 2n '. arrived at Augusta, 111. 

As the time wa3 approaching, who:: 

we had set to go homeward, we 

here separated in order to visit some 

relatives, and agreed to meet again 

at Ladoga, Ind. We however failed 

to uiake the connection, and brother 

MoUbee being anxious to meet his 

family. t>ok the shorter route for 

' b line, while I went on to fill the ap- 
pointments made lor us. 

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3rd. Visited old father G«orue 
Wolf, now desea9ed. Had a pleas- 
ant interview with his sons ; had 
night meeting at Mill Creek meeting- 
house. 

4th. Meeting at same place. — 
Took the train for Springfield ; 
thence to Auburn, (on the 5th) ; 
thence to cousin Christian Wrights- 
mans. Evening meeting at brother 
David Kimmelis. Then took the 
cars for Lafayette, Ind. ; thence to 
Ladoga, Ind., where we met brother 
Martin Nehcr. Meeting in a school- 
house near by. On the 6th visited 
uncle Daniel Himes. Also meeting 
at Myers' school-house. 

7 th. Meeting at Corn Stock 
meeting-house, and visited brother 
It. II. Miller, and Samuel Ilarsber- 
ger ; also night meeting. 

8th. Evening meeting at Myer's 
school-house ; went to cousin Daniel 
L. Dimes'. 

9th. Visited cousin Susan Ben- 
son's ; evening meeting at same 
place as before. 

10th. Attended the burial of 
cousin Mary Louisa Himes, who on 
Sabbath before was well and cheer- 
ful, and on Tuesday was a lifeless 
corpse. Take warning sinners I 
Night meeting at Corn Stock. 

11th. Nijjht meeting at uncle 
Daniel Himes' house, it being the 
funeral of the little girl who died 
the Tuesday before. ! how care- 
ful should we live, for in youth and 
health, we arc in the midst of death. 

12th. Went to the waterside; 



spoke from acts 22 : 16, and after 

eight 



the ice was cut, (which was 
inches thick) under the guidance of 
the word, we baptised both men and 
women, to the number of five per- 
sons, which was truly encouraging 
to us and the church. At dark took 
the cars for Richmond, Ind. ; thence 
to Dayton, Ohio, where we met a 
brother in the ilesh. Gospel, and 
ministry, and accompanied him home. 

14. Spoke to a large congregation 
in the Wolf Creek branch, stopped 
at br. Isaac Kilmers. 

15th. Had meeting at Sugar 
Hill meeting-house, and stopped 
with brother John Wrightsinan. 

16th. Meeting at Sharpsburg ; 
met the brethren in council, and 



called at brother Samuel Garber's. 

17th. Meeting at Centre m. h., 
and stopped at brother Ab. Miller's, 
and also at brother Daniel Miller's 
who was afflicted. 

18th. Meeting at Tom's Run, 
and returned to br. John Wrighte- 
man's where I remained all next day. 
20th. Started homeward ; stop- 
ped with brother Yost, at Dayton. 

21st. Meeting at Dayton, visited 
brother Murry's. 

22nd. Visited Daniel Millers, 
near Lima, Daniel Brower's, and 
Daniel Byerley's, and next morning 
took the cars at Lima for Dayton. — 
Had evening meeting at Miami 
church. 

24th. Took the train for Cincin- 
nati ; where we visited the Eclectic 
Medical College, and had an inter- 
view with Drs. Murrell and Thorp. 

25th. Set sail for Louisville, 
Kentucky ; thence by It. It. to Nash- 
ville, Tenn. ; thence to Chattanooga, 
where we arrived on the 27th at 7, 
p. m. Thence to Knoxville, and 
thence to Limestone station. 

28th. Arrived home safely, and 
found all well, and under as favora- 
ble circumstances as could be ex- 
pected. Thank the Lord for his 
mercy, for we believe that prayers 
have been heard ; for while theft3 
and murders were committed all 
round us, we were not even insulted, 
in traveling a distance of nearly 
four thousand miles, and holding 
over one hundred meetings ; and be- 
sides our health was preserved, the 
word blessed, and many souls were 
added to the church, and many 
others made serious. It was the 
Lord that did the work, and blessed 
be his name. 

Pi It. WRIGHTSMAN. 

From Teuuetttt«e. 

Dear brethren ; especially minis- 
tering brethren in the West, those 
of vou who expect to go to the An- 
nual Meeting: We do respectfully 
solicit you, to either come through 
Tennessee, as you go to A. M., or 
to return through our country going 

j-horae, and labor in the word for us. 
You need not apprehend any danger 

I from being molested in our country, 
for all is quiet here now. Thank , 



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I the Lord for it. We think strange 
| ministers could do much good here. 
Moreover, you can see the battle 
grounds, and grave-yards of our 
country, especially around Nash- 
ville, and Murfreysborough. You 
may see the devastations caused by 
armies, the distance of four hundred 
miles. 

Those brethren from the extreme 
West, going to A. M., would not 
lose any distance, or but very little, 
in coming through Tennessee. — 
Those coming from the West will 
come direct to Nashville, thence to 
Chattanooga, there change cars, for 
Knoxville, change tars again, and 
if you wish to stop with the first 
brethren in the State, get off at 
Bulls Gap station. Brethren live 
close there, and if you wish to come 
on to our place, get off at Lime- 
stone station. I live half mile from 
the station. And if you prefer com- 
ing back through here, the first 
point coming from the East will be 
Lynchburg, Va., thence to Bristol, 
on the Tenn. and Va. State line ; 
there you will change cars, and if 
you wish to stop at the first church ; 
get off at Johnson's Depot ; or if you 
wish to come here first, get off, com- 
ing from the East, also at Limestone 
station. The distance from Lvnch- 
burgh to Limestone is 245 miles ; 
and coming from the West, from 
Nashville to Limestone is 346 miles. 
Brethren we would be very glad 
to see any of you ; and if you feel 
like coming through here, and will 
write to me in time, I will meet you 
at Limestone, any day or night, or 
have it done ; and if you write di- 
rect your letters to Fresdoin, Wash- 
ington Co., Tenn. 

Yours in fraternal love. 

P. R. WRIGHTSMAN. 

Brother Jacob Mohler, Mifflin Co., 

Pa., under date of Feb. 26, says : 

We read part of the contents o'f ths 
Companion of last week, to our 
brethren yesterday, in Dry Valley 
meeting-house, relative to "the con- 
dition of our brethren in the South ; 
< v and then we asked all that felt dis- 
; J posed to give something toward their 
fj relief, to hand it over to the under- 
Zp/igned, to be sent to brother Savler. 



We soon had $36.00, and expect to 
! get a little more. Now if the breth- 
ren would generally do the same, 
the suffering might be relieved, and 
we be doing our duty. 



About the Distribution of the 
Southern Charity Fund. 

Editor Companion ; please pub- 
lish the following account of monies 
distributed in the South. 

November 22nd, 1865 I sent by 
express to Benjamin F. Byerly, Sa- 
lem, Roanoak Co., Va., to be dis- 
tributed $400 
Same date, to P. R. Wrights- 
man, Tenn., for same purpose, $1000 
Same date, to Solomon Garber, 
Stanton, Va. for same purpose, $2000 



$3400 
February 10th, 1866, from Elder 
Solomon Garber, receipts to kim by 
the following brethren, with the re- 
spective amounts. 

Iimc 6. Myers, for Augnta Church, 

V*., 1350 

Samuel Klin*, for Flat Rock church, do 300 

do Lower Shanadoah, do 100 

1 Jacob Miller for Green Ml. do 350 

, Samuel Kline, Lower Liaville, do 350 

do Age. do 50 

do Lost Kiver, do 50 

Daniel Thomas, Braver C reek, do 350 

Isaac LoDg, for Mill Creek, do 150 

Samuel Miller, for Cooks Creek, da MS 

Express charges, 4 

Making, In all, the imoint sent to brother 

! Garber. # 

I would have reported the above 
sooner, but waited to receive the re- 
ports of brothers P. R. Wrightsman 
and B. F. Byerly, and repert all at 
once. But seeing a letter of brother 
Wrightsman, published in Compan- 
ion Vol. 2 No. 7, by S. B. Furry. 
Also one in same No., bv John 
Brindle, 1 feel called upon to offer 
some remarks upon the subject. 

After sending the $1000.00 to br. 
P. R. Wrightsman, I learned through 
the Companion, that he was travel- 
ing in the West. As soon as I could 
address hira, 1 informed him of the 
money 1 sent to his address, request- 
ing him to authorize some one ) 
to receive it, A:c. On the 6th of 
Jan. 1866, I received his reply vii : 
"As to writing home, and authorize 

• f There tt a discrepearr in ths amoaal, 
which mat havs ocrurr^il la transcribing. — I 
The figures are according to ths copy before 
us.— Km torn. 



others to take charge of the $1000.. 
you sent to my address. Id this 
matter I have taken time by the 
forelock ; I told my sister at home, 
before I left, that if aoy relief money 
came to my address, while I was 
gone, to turn it over to brother M. 
M. Bashor, for distribution," &c. — 
Previous to this, however, I received 
the following note,: 
" Freedom, Tena., Dec,. 19, 1865. 

Elder D. P. Sayle*; We received 
the package of money that was ex- 
pressed to our office by you. We 
delayed in lifting it as soon as it 
came to hand, on account of P. R. 
Wrightsman not being present. I. 
F. Wilson, deputy." 

Feb. 6, 1866, 1 received the fol- 
lowing from brother Wrightsman : 
'' The $1000. you sent to my address, 
was accordingly turned over directly 
to brother M. M. Bashor. He was 
counciled to hold on to that money 
until I returned home ; so it, as yet, 
all remains in his hands, there being 
a differance of opinion with regard 
to the distribution of it. After fur- 
ther developments I will writs 
again." 

Here we see, notwithstanding the 
great need in Tenn., there is $1000, 
sent on the 22nd Nov. '65 t and on 
the 6th Feb. not yet distributed. 

To enable me properly to distrib- 
ute the alms in my hand, I requested 
the brethren In Va. to hold a coun- 
cil meeting, at which meeting all the 
Churches should be represented, 
and determine where and to whom 1 
should send the money, and the aim. 
1 to each, kc. At this meeting it was 
determined that 1 should scud it to 
P. R. Wrightsman, Tenn., Solomon 
Garber, and B. F. Byerly, in Va., 
naming $100. for Garber, $200. for 
Byerly, and $5U0, for Wrightsmau. 
But before I could send it ^difficul- 
ties having arisen) the contribution 
accumulated, till Nov. 22nd 1 doub- 
led these amounts. 

D«e. 8rd, 1865, brother Bverlv 

among other things wrote as follows: 
"The brethren are at a loss to know 
what to do, or how i> j roceed v 
the money sent to them. There 
seems to be several different con- 
structions placed on the true into. j 
tious of said contributions. Some V 



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say that it is intended for the suffer- 
ing poor in the Church. Brother 
* / Moomaw Rays, it was not intended 
for the brethren alone, but for the 
suffering generally, and in your let- 
ter to brother Garber, of Rocking- 
ham, it is stated that it was under- 
stood by some of the contributors 
that the money was not to go to any 
rebel sympathisers. I have received 
from you by express $400., without 
any word how to proceed with it, 
besides this the church has $6.5 ; 
Franklin church has $90; Floyd has 
$90. Augusta county has about 
$300 on hand, all seeming to be at 
a loss about the matter. Will you 
be so kind as to give me some infor- 
mation about the affair. We wish 
to know the true intention of the 
Y. M., whether it was for the Church 
alone. If it was for the brethren we 
are not in want here ; — if it was in- 
tended for the outside world, t» it to 
be general, or only to those of loyal 
principles. Some of your contribu- 
tors Bay, no one sympathysing with 
the rebellion should receive of said 
contributions. And some of those 
very characters to whom brother 
Moomaw says, the contributions 
were sent, have been the most bitter 
enemies to our Government, and 
many of them are yet. They never 
had anything to lose, and yet they 
continued to wage the war, fighting 
even to the bitter end. There are 
very few who would ask or even re- 
ceive alms, except the very cla.^ 1 
have just mentioned, who would 
rather follow any other calling than 
an honeit one, by which even they 
could live and have to rjarc, if they 
were a* ready to provide for thfir 
own, at they are to break down civil 
government, that their wickedness 
may be more easily carried on. We 
know not how to proceed; when the 
brethren received your letter in the 
valley, brother John Moomaw and 
mvself were with them, who met at 
vour request, to council where to 
send the money. I told hiin that 
the churches here had no need of 
anv assistance for their poor. Br. 
Moomaw then said the church was 
not to bo the beneficiary alone, but 
was to extend to the characters ro- 
, frrred to already." 



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i" .»i 1'iniML'u v uave given mis nunareu anu iorty-nve c 
lengthy extract merely to show some ' charity fund lying in 

of the difficulties attending the proper ' i„„„„„_ . „ i t j 

...... - ... . " r i ; treasury, and no want J 

distribution of this charity. That , , , ., , 



Dear brethren I have given this hundred and forty-five dollars of a 

the church 
for it by the 
the alms deeds of Brethren' arefand lr ^ren, while others out-side of the 
ought to be, to relieve the suffering ! P a ^ es °f the Church are Buffering 
saints in the South, is clear from the from want ! Is this imitating our 
action of the yearly meeting, and J Divine Master, who permits his 



from the tone of one hundred letters 
from brethren on the subject, as well 
as from the written word of God. — 
Hence the suffering in Tenn. and 
Va., whether they be widows or or- 
phans, have no claim upon the 
Church. They must look to the re- 
spective denominations they belong 
to for help. It will not do for some 
of the brethren to contend that by 
so doing we could do good among 
the people, &c. We must not buy 
memtars, else they might be born of 
money, and not of God, 

In regard to brother Brindle's 
appeal, in behalf of those brethren 
in Ya., who wish to borrow money, 
fcc, I will here sav, a number of 
such have written to me on the same 
subject. I replied to them by say 



Kingston, Pa. 
ing they Should come among the I j ohn Leiey, White House, Pa. 
brethren, bringing some prominent David D. Daily, Nimisaiiia, Ohio, 

dii i \ ii Is*!, il > Christian Holdcman, N. Fittsbnre, O. 

well known brethren with them, Newton Klepping( . r) ' DaTtoni hio, 

who could recommend them, &C. John C. Miller, Dry Creek, Iowa, 

Then perhaps they might succeed. ^tp^Weytowa, Pa. 

D. P. SAxLER. A. B. Wallick, Breedsville, Mich. 

Esther B. Stiffler, Canoe Creek, Pa. 

_ , _. .,, i Jacob Sharp, AlienTille, Pa. 

Remarks. — >\ e will not say - 



sun to shine, and rains to descend 
upon the ungodly as well as the 
righteous ? How does it comport 
with the healing of tbe ear of the 
Highpriest's servant? With what 
single passage of Scripture does it 
comport ? Break open your coffers 
of steel ; cut loose the little vines of 
prejudice that bind your purse, and 
GIVE TO THEM THAT NEED, 
in the name of the Lord, and if it 
please Him thereby to save also 
the souk of some, give Him the praise. 

I.itst ol moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 
R. E. Cable, Covington, Ohio, 1.50 

Wm. Miller, Waterloo, Iowa, 1.50 

J. Q. Basbore, Webster, Ohio, 1.50 

D. M. SDRTcly, for 8. P. Snavely, N»rtk 

1.50 
1.50 
1.25 
1.30 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
.50 
1.50 
1.50 
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THE 



brother Savler, with the writers :«..*• •_, •, n 
, . • / , ' , „ Christian Family Companion, 

of his one hundred letters, are Ig publigncd eTery Tne , daT , , t $1 . 50 8 year, 

wronjc in their views upon this Sub- by Henry R- Holsinser, who is a member of 

° the "Church of the Brethren,' sometimes 

ject, but WC do Confess to a feeling of known by the uamc of "German Baptists," A 

, , ,. c ,. vulearlv or maliciously called " Dunkardt." 

surprise, and deep mortification, \ Tuc . design of the work is to advocate truth, 

upon the reading of the developments i «**?* crror > 8 " (1 encourage the tru. Christian 

" o i i ou his way to Zion. 

bv brother Bvcrlv, and the remarks - It assumes thnt the New Testament is the 

T * * ... Will of God, and thai no one can have the 

of brother Savler. Y\ C felt like CX- i promise of salvation without observing all it$ 

, . . #,/! •. t ,i _.l„ rffirrmtnti ; ihnt among these are Faith, Re- 

claiming : ''Can it be that we who 

claim to be the " salt of the earth ;" 



perrtance, Prayer, Baptism by trine i turner 
sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
we whose benevolence and charity the world, aud a full resignation to the whole 
, , .. will of God as he has revealed it through his 

is proverbial to the world, shall now ] s n Jesus Christ. 

, i u *U« „„lfi„l, i;,^. - .f« n f So much of the affairs of this world as will 

be SOWcd up by the selfish limits Ot u , tll0 „^ lt DCf . f „ nrTl „»he proper observance 

church membership, in the exercise of the sfons of the times, or such as may tend 
1 to the moral, mental, or physical hem fit of 

of beneficence ! And yet my broth- 



er intimates that such a course would 
be in accordance with " the written 
word of God ! " We confess we 
have not so learned the Lord: Nine 



the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coming into contact with 
the no called Lilcrary or Political journals. 
Subscriptions may begin nt any time. 
For further particulars send for a specimen 
number, enclosing a stamp. 

Addrcsa H. H. HOI. SINGER, 

Ttrokr Citt, Pjl. 



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BY H. R. HOLSINGEIt. " Whosoever loveth me kcepeth mr commandment*.'' — Jiscs. At $1.60 Per Annum. 

VOLUME II. TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1866. ^Number 11. 



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Give n» thin day our daily Broad. 

BT W. 8. LAMDOO. 

I knew a widow, very poor, 

Who four (small children had ; 
The eldest was but six years old — 

A Gentle modest lad. 

And very hard ibis widow toiled 

To feed her children four ; 
An honest pride the Woman felt, 

Though she was very poor. 

To labor she would leave her home — 

For children muot be M : 
And erlad was she when f he could buy 

A ■aUUng'l worth of brat ■!. 

And this was all the children had 

On any day to eat | 
They drank their water, ate their bread, 

And never tasted meat. 

One day the snow was falling fast, 

And piercing was the air, 
I thought that I would go and see 

How these poor children were. 

Ere long I reached their eh-^rless home, 
'Tw.it- Marched by every breere ; 

H hen going in, the oldest child 
I saw upon his knees. 

I paused, and listened to the boy 

He never raised his he id : 
But still went on and sail — "Oiac tu, 

Thit day, our daily bread." 

I waited till the chill was done, 

Still listening as he prayed — 
And when he rose, I asked him why 

Th: Lord's prayer he had »aid. 

'•Why. sir," said he, "This morning, when 

My mother went away, 
8he wept, because she sai 1 she had 

No bread for us to-day. 

She said we children now must starve, 

Our father being dead. 
And thea I told her not to cry, 

For I coui i g«4 some brand 

" 0"r Father," sir, the pnv-r li -^lns, 
Which mikes me think that He, 

As we bare got do Father bora, 
Would our kind Father be. 

"And then, yon know the pr.ivT, sir, too, 

A">ks (Jo I for brea I 8Mb da] . 
80 in the corner, sir, I went, 

And that's what made me pny." 

I qntohlj loft that « • im, 

And went with lie -t in < feet , 
And very r.0011 » M b led I | 

Wuh foo 1 enough to eat. 

M I thought '-'"I hrard mr," aaid tht t>oy — 

iwarad » Ith « no i 
I eoaM not speak, bnl much I thought, 
01 ill ii • blld'i m " 

I am thine nnd lli.,u Ml inn..- : 
Thou an grant t.tit I mn hiimiII; 
I am m an, tlio 1 in h\ in.-,. 

II a\ in- than, 1 1. 1 Imvr all — 

1 am ihlm, In- thou at r inhi». 



/•or tlte Coiitj>anion. 
The Love of Chrint garrificial, 
both iu III!* Natural and 
Jfjtttical Body. 



The first announcement that so 
great a thing a* redemption from 
sin was either possible or designed, 
was ina<le amid the ruins of Para- 
dise, in language that maps out the 
leading features of the scheme of 
recovery as revealed in every dis- 
pensation of the Church ; namely, 
that the seed of the woman a/iould 
bruise the Serpent''* head. Re- 
demption for the human race could 
not be effected outside of humanity. 
The nature that sinned had to be an 
essential factor in the work of deliv- 
erance from sin. God does nothing 
for us as simply actin/ upon us, 
but has, from the beginning, laid 
hold of the human element, and has, 
in all ages, made salvation depend- 
ent on human effort, as much as He 
has made the Source and Power of 
a new-created life a matter exclu- 
sively His own. As by man came 
sin, so by man also came salvation 
from sin, moulding the Divine and 
the human into a life of sacrifice 
through the power of love. Infinite 
m alone could devise, infinite 
June could prompt, and the iu- 
carnatien of both alone could 
achieve, the wondrous work of recon- 
ciling an apostate race to its Holy 
Although these two 
■tend out so prominently in 
the phut of Miration and the hiatorj 
of the Primitive Church, only a few 
take them up and live them out, 
thus making them | practi Iftj power 
in the World. Mysticism can M4 

only the Spiritual element, and on- 
dertaV the problem of 

human destiny, Home \,\ ignoring 
and othurs b» mutilating, the huui.iii 
ehm.-iit. Kutiuiialum pretends to 
Mf oulv tin- i!i.i '. ■. ..■ of reli- 

gion, and vainly attempt! to regen- 



erate humanity by the force of 
merely human elements. In both 
instances the idea is alike prepos- 
terous and the attempt futile. — 
M What Crod has joined together, let 
no man put assunder" It is tho 
illustration of the principle an- 
nounced in Eden, and fully aetuali 
zed in the earthly history of Christ, 
that separates the Brethren, not 
only from what is generally denomi- 
! atcd the world, but from every 
sect, society, and clique that u fol- 
lows cunningly-devised fables," and 
" teaches for doctrine* the com- 
mandments of men." We are a 
peculiar people because Christ was a 
peculiar Person. What pseudo- 
christians and avowed enemies of 
Christianity term our bigotry and 
intolerance, we consider our glory. 
"The world knoweth us not beca tee 

it knew Hint not." The life of 

Jesus was a life of love as nothing 
but love could prompt to such ama- 
zing condescension, or sustain under 
the inconceivable burden it imposed. 
It was a life of tacriiice, as He could 
not accomplish His great object 
without ontering organically into 
the disordered condition of humani- 
ty, by which His death was brought 
about without any arbitrary control 
of Divine Power over the hearts and 
minds of those through whose agen 
ey lie was crucified. What WW 
thus lad upon Christ, as the Exem- 
plar of the world, is laid upon all 
His followers. "He eame unto H:> 
own and His own received Him not." 
He wept over the olwtinacv of th 
for whom He eame to "die. He 

prayed for thoae who derided, am 

and spit upon Him, who drove the 
na.U through Hi* hands and ftg 
and thrust the -pear into hil aide. 
I often I- the heart of the child 
0( God pained when it goes out in 
warm spirit prOm] I 

low mem 
hil I 1 I th< Otu B It, and must re- 
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or derision where it expected a 
i infolding. However 
liielaiu'linl v thia fact, it id not sur- 
prising when we consider that even 
tho infinite tenderness, the unfath- 
omable love of Christ finds so little 
reception, although manifested in a 
form so winning, so melting, so 
heartbreaking, and in a manner so 
wonderful, so awfully solemn and 
subduing, that it exceeds all finite 
1'tion, and guages the limits In- 
finitt v. u lf the world hate von, ye 
know that it hated mc before it 
hated you." The love of Christ 
only gathered force, and took a 
more attractive form, the more he 
was resisted and maligned, until it 
culminated in agony, blood, and 
death. ^Greater love hath no man 
than thin, that a man lay down his 
life for hit friend*.'' "■Behold what 
manner of love the Father has be- 
stowed upon !<{.•." Everlasting love 
bowed the heavens and kissed the 
earth in the incomprehensible exodus 
from the realms ot glory of the 
Second person in the Trinity for our 
redemption ; and it is this same 
love, "sheil abroad in the heart by 
the IIolv Ghost," that constrains the 
embassadors of Heaven to leave 
their familres, and traverse the 
country, proclaiming with such 
pathos and power, the glad tidings 
of a new and living way into the 
Holy of Holies by the blood of 
Jesus. " God to loved the world 
thai lie sent His Onbj Begotten 
This was the superlative 
motive that thrilled the Divine 
Heart in the assumption of human 
nature. J'aul says, tl I could wish 
myself accursed from Christ, for my 
brethren." Rom. 9:3. " C 
M evert/ one that UANGrril on a 
tukk." " Being made a CURBS for 

</*." ClUVlr'Y I Jim, CfiUCIFY ////>)." 

So of Christ. " That 1 may know 
the FBLMWBHIP 01 His BUFFERINGS." 
"Fill uj> that which it behin.it of the 
AFFLICTIONS OF C 11 HI ST Ml my flesh." 
"I am CRUCIFIED with Christ." J 

COllld irish ,nij*<-lf Ail FR8ED." So of 

P&nl. Here is th« spirit of the 
Master. Here is the sacrificial ele- 
ment of christian love. Here is the 
taking up of Canst' 8 life, and the 
coins down into Christ's work. 

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The life is high and the object no- 
ble, but the work is humiliating be- 
cause the creatures which the life 
seeks to assimilate to itself, are de- 
graded. 

If any inferior motive predomi- 
in our efforts to promulgate 
the Gospel, either through the Holy 
Ministry or the press, " verily I say 
unto you, we have, our reward ;" we 
need not expect it hereafter. The 
most despicable form vf pride is that 
which manifests itself in holy things. 
In the matter of salvation none can 
claim superiority over another. — 
Whatever is of grace must necessa- 
rily find the prince and the beggar 
on a level. Whether of high or low 
degree, the reason for joy is, that all 
are placed on the same platform, 
that all are "saved by grace," which 
is the achievement of Almighty 
Love, which so flamed and yearned 
for our salvation, " that though He 
was rich, yet for our sake He be- 
came poor, that we through His pov- 
erty might be rich." Abasement 
and exaltation are essential condi- 
tions of salvation, both objectively 
and subjectively. He that ascended 
is the same that descended. The 
Gospel " is the power of God unto 
salvation" only as it draws vis into 
the condition, and moulds, us into 
the features, of its author. The 
love of God, in sending His Only 
Begotten into the world, was with- 
out constraint, save that which be- 
longs to the very nature of love. — 
It was voluntary. It needed no ex- 
traneous inducement to generate it. 
Our misery '-ailed it forth in its sa- 
crificial frrm, but it determined not 
its nature. All the perils and 
pangs, the sorrows and sufferings, 
Consequent on His humiliation, were 
present to I lis mind from Everlast- 
ing ; and yet He required no con- 
straint to sacrifice Himself but what 
inhered in His Infinite Perfections. 
As is he that begettcth, so are they 
who are begotten of Him. He that 
sanctifies and they who are sancti- 
fied, are of one nature. If "we are 
partakers of Divine Nature," we 
will necessarily exhibit its peeuliari- 

" Tho love of Christ constrain- 
cth us." Self-denial, self-forgetful- 
i teas, and humiliation for the good 



of others, will spring out of our re Ci 
generated nature as spontaneously ' 
as a brook from its fountain. Love 
is a vicarious principle. This doc- 
trine cannot receive the consent of 
the wold, for "love is of God," and 
"the whole world lieth in wicked- 
ness." " God is Love," and as He 
is the greatest and holiest of all- 
Beings, He alone could make a sa- 
crifice adapted to the condition of 
fallen humanity. Sacrifice is the 
law of the Christian Life, and Love 
is the, life of Sacrifice. Christ had 
in Him the vicarious principle by 
character, but He wrought it out by 
office. The Spirit of Christ can still 
be i/rieved by reason of this inherent 
principle, but He can no longer be 
pained as in sacrifice, because His 
office of redeeming has expired. — 
Redeemer and Mediator He still is, 
and High Priest also presenting to 
the Father the merits of the oblation 
offered up while in his office of making 
atonement. This principle has in 
great measure been lost sight of^, 
and immense damage has resulted to 
the cause of Christ therefrom. Be- 
ins in Jesus is bein<<; in sacrifice, and 
our ready, love-impelled entrance 
into the condition of others in order 
to raise them into life-union with 
Christ, marks the power which the 
Divine Nature exercises over us. — 
Christ left us an example " that we 
should follow in his steps." As his 
Nature is communicated to us, his 
Life will be reproduced by us. Our 
fellowship is with the Father and 
with his Son Jesus Christ." We 
"follow the Lamb whithersoever he 
goeth." This community of charac- 
ter and life, enables us to " read our 
title clear, to mansions in the skies." 
The more that the ministers of 
Christ are filled with the Spirit," 
the more zealous and self-sacrificing 
will they be. 7/ome and friends, 
and comforts will be as dust in the 
balance, when weighed against the 
all conquering impulsion of the "Love 
of Christ," and the precious souls to 
be "plucked as brands out of the 
fire." Born in a stable, shoving 
the plane and saw. buffetted by 
Satan, scoffed by man, having not -, 
where to lay his head, wounded by il 
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enemies — all this and much mure, : the Joshuas and the Calebs to go 
was the necessarv issue of that love i and sow the Truth broadcast. May 
which voluntarily assumed the re- the love of Christ constrain not a 
tributive condition of the nature he ; few to go forth in the name of the 
came to restore to more than prime- ! Mighty God of Jacob, and cultivate 
val dignity. //is Love-life in us 
will draw us along his Divine-//uman 




value than His death, but that the satisfied." Amen and Amen, 
embodiment of the Divine Law in a Yours in the embrace of Christian 
living example was as necessary a i Love, 
feature in the work of redemption, 
as the shedding of His blood as an 
expiation fur the sin of the world. 



"I COME TO DO THY WILL." This was 

His language when he came to live. 
"Thy will be done." This was the 
utterance of His agonized soul when 
lie came to die. His coming into the 
world, His being, in it, and His going 
out of it, are comprised in the stu- 
pendous scheme of human deliver- 
ance ; and while His entire life was 



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upon himself the divine wrath. By 
living a virtuous life, Noah, Moses, 
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all those 
ancient servants of the Most Hi di. 
the" field which God has unfenced for prospered and found favor with the 
the ingress of His people. Go by i Lord, while all transgressors were 
course, until we~ reach his ascent j two and two— go by dozens, by sev- j condemned. So it is throughout the 

and arc glorified with him. Whocv- j enties, by hundreds, and the desert A '_ *• « ; . ,„ mu^ — «I!L- * *u 

,. . p , , . .... , ,11 *ii • • .1 11 entiie liiole. V> hen we come to the 

er disjoins from his life here, the places will soon rejoice, the wilder- ; 

sacrificial element, will have dis- ness will blossom as the rose, fruit i :Sew L lament, w e find every para- 
joined from his life yonder the tie- ! will spring forth an hundred fold to j ble of the New Kingdom, in confor- 
ment of glory. j the glory of God, and "Christ will j mity to this teaching. 

Not that Christ's life is of more ' see of the travail of His soul, and be i Let us hear our Savior upon the 

righteous- 
ness shall exceed the righteousness 
of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall 
in no case enter into the kingdom of 
ieiou* Dialogue. heaven." Let me ask you if right- 

Continued. 
Professor. — From our previous whether it is not a necessary oualifi- 
conversation upon the subject, it ap- cation for heaven ? Again. "Every 
pears that you do, in_some way ex- tree t,iat bringeth not forth good 
pect to obtain salvation as a reward * ruit » s hewn down and cast into the 
for righteous or virtuous acts, aud ! fire." "Not every one that saith 
not as the result of Christ's atone- u "to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter in- 
sacrijieial, it was yet of no value, as ment. There is no evading the true to the kingdom of heaven ; bm he 
to the end contemplated, apart from issuea npon t ) li3 8ub j C ct ' thai d>eth the will of mv Father whieh 

His death The blood which He //. Outside of Universalisu* and ^ i» heaven." -If ye know these 
shed to make atonement for the soul, ■ , . , .. , 

He carried in His love thrilled heart Galvanism, no doctrine can be sus- , tilings, happy are ye if ye do t:. 
through all the trials, sufferings, and tained, but that of "Salvation through And is h not to be inferred that we 
temptations of His incarnate life, Christ, by works of obedience."— ihtU he tinhafpf if we knew and do 
and thus made way by His life of Our heavenlv Law-lvcr has declar- them not. This must be the into 

cSvty, ,!;; which 8 evar t; * ^ - wi — **-* *»* - •- or our savior '* ^ u ^ whh - 

of the world. Such is the love of baptized shall he saved," and "who- 
Josus ! Such its fruits, such its wil- soever believeth pot shall be damn- 
ling condescension and ignominy; ed ;" from which it ia quite evident 

and-.mh , in soni, measure, must that our sa l vation or damnation i> 
ours be, if "He is our life." Oh .... . ,, • , .. . , .. 

What might wc be, and what might co,ldltlouaL 15esldes > tbe »H« •»» 

we accomplish, if, like Paul, we could tor - v ui Goal dealings with bis ore* 

in very truth say, "I LIVE ; YKT tares justifies this conclusion. To of sects and denomination 

. ,\ , , (JIKIM LIVBTB our firet perossie wee gtren the prie> saseesnsma, creeds and disciplines, 
IN MK." Then would results fob ii t .^ e <,f the garden of lvhn, save there Is not one whiofa denies the 

low thai would draw down th ■ . . , , , .. 

of angels and men upon ne. Those one excepUon, and upon th. Jration through Chnsl 

who now despise for our want of *ucoofthal szeeption rested their by works of ■ .that i- 

learning, who on ivor with then 1 I Bj ' :l tin^ sisteut with itself. 

"blaekastheteutiofKi I the word of the Lord, skey drew up /'. rlowdoyouexpeotteoe 

on themsehres hi* displeasure, and that lofty poettioa ' 
.condemnation. Bj Turin, //. We will see. Canyon tell 

pened a door in the South for the ly, Abel met the approval of hear- of ;i .denomination of profs J* 

entrance oi the (gospel, and Invites m t by unrighteon I lie. heaped el that has "no ordina 



out anv signification. 

I can sec no by erofefl 

of the christian religion should cavil 
at this teaching, when there is not 
one of them that lives out his assum- 
ed profession. Among the hundreds 



know thai comely as 

th-- curtains of Solomon." 
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whatever," or that pretends to no 
works of any kind ? 

P. I am of the opinion that the 
Friends or Quakers will meet your 
description. 

//. Not even the Friends. Free 
as they profess to he from every spe- 
cies of formality in their worship, yet 
they have exercises which they per- 
form and hold as duties ; among 
these may he noted Prayer and "as- 
sembling themselves together. " 

P. We will admit that all true 
Christians will, and should practice 
certain ordinances ; but they are to 
be regarded as the results or eviden- 
ces of the regenerate mind, rather 
than the means of bringing about 
that end. 

To be continued. 



John Fox. — When Fox, the well 
known author of the "Book of Mar- 
tyrs," was once leaving the palace 
of Aylmer, the Bishop of London, a 
company of poor people begged him 
to relieve their wants with great im- 
portunity. Fox, having no money, 
returned to the Bishop, and asked 
the loan of five pounds, which was 
readily granted ; he immediately dis- 
tributed it among the poor, by whom 
he was surrounded. Some months 
after Aylmer asked Fox for the 
money he had borrowed. "I have 
laid it out for you," was the answer, 
"and paid it where you owed it — to 
the poor people who lay at your 
gate." Far from being offended, 
Aylmer thanked Fox for thus being 
his steward. 

HlAB AND Meditate. — Philip 
Henry writes in his diary the sav- 
ing of a pious hearer of his own, 
which deeply affected him: "1 find 
it easier said the good man, "to go 
six miles to hear a sermon, than to 
upend one quarter of an hour in 
meditating and praying over it in 
Becret, as I should, when 1 come 
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I l>l TOR S DIARY. 

Fur the week ending Mnrrh 10. 

In our readings the following extract 
from one of Henry Ward Biechcr's 
" Lecture room talks" attracted our 
attention, and deeming the subject a 
very appropriate one, we here insert 
it for the benefit of those who desire- 
to cultivate that very essential frame 
of mind, Forgiveness. lie treats 
the subject in the form of questions 
and answers: 

LOVE TO ENEMIES. 
Q. — Will you please to lay before us your 
Idea of thp meaning ef t lio New Testament 
cominau'l, " Love your euemies ?" 

Whileyet we were enemies, Christ 
died for us. Did you ever attempt 
to imagine what must have been the 
state of mind that God was in when 
He looked upon those who were not 
repentant, that were His enemies 
still, and that were so vagrant as to 
reject His life long services, as to 
cause His passion, and as to work 
out His death ? Did you ever at- 
tem^ to imagine what must have 
been that state of mind by which, 
after having toiled for them, and 

borne with them, and taught them, a mind and moral forces 
He could in the act of dying, pray 
for them, saying, "They know not 
what they do V" Do you get any 
idea of what the divine feeling is to- 
ward a wicked, hating and hateful 
being, which manifests itself in dy- 
ing for him as the means of his res- 
toration '( The ijuestiou, 1 supposo 
which troubles our brother, is wheth- 
er we can love and forgive a man | 8 h uld no t have been good" had it 



T > be proud of 
gr-atest ignorance. 



le irning is the 
liirh'P Taylor. 



approve the moral attitude of the 
man you forgive. For instance, of- 
ten, in the streets, as I go down the 
hill on my way to the Ferry, I pass 
a throng of little ragged dirty urch- 
ins ; and impudent wretches they are 
many of them ; and, although in the 
main, they arc respectful to me, yet 
once in a while they blackguard me. 
I walk alonir, thinking of something 
else, and all at once I find myself 
bawled out at by these children — 
many of whom were not born here! 
It touches nature a little bit at the 
instant ; but the moment I have time 
to think I laugh at myself, and say, 
"Those children — how little they 
know ! They are just reflecting the 
prejudices of their parents. And 
how much les3 in their thought is 
what they say than in my pride." 
And my feeling toward them is, "My 
dear little rascals, if I had you in my 
power, I would jerk you out of this, 
and put you to school, and have you 
going in the right way very quick !" 
It is a perfect benevolent state of 
mind that I am in. I do not like or 
approve their conduct ; nor do I con- 
sider the attitude of their minds 
lovely ; but compassionate them. 

Now, if you know how to distin- 
guish between a man and his disease, 
vou know how to distinguish between 

You are 
conscious that you can love a man 
that is diseased physically ; and you 
ought to be able to love a man that 
is morally diseased. And if I Bay I 
will forgive a man when he repent3, 
and not before. I do not know what 
to do with the example of Christ. — 
He did not wait till 1 repented. He 
did not wait till I was good. I 



that has done us wrong. No one 
doubt! that we can forgive and love 
those that, having done us wrong re- 
pent oi that wrong. A person who 
is a thousandth part of a Ihiiatian 
can do that. But the question is 
docs not the spirit of Christ (and that 
is the rule oi christian duty) rise 
higher than that. 

in the first place it docs not follow 
because you have a benevolent and 
forgiving spirit, that you approve a 
man's conduct or his disposition. — 
Forgiveness does not imply that you 



not been for his forerunning grace. 
It was Christ that waked me up 
and made me sensitive to that 
which was wrong. It was Christ's 
influence on my mind that brought 
i i my conscience to feel how hateful my 
lite was toward him. And when I 
hegan to feel that I had passed from 
death to life, I was distinctly con- 
scious that I came to it by the fore- 
running grace of the Lord God. 
And he saved me while I was an en- 
emy, proud, and selfish, and unlove- 
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nic as a rule of duty. And when I ble us to forbear with thetn, and j "Thou that savest others, save thv- ' 

sec men that are doing things that pity them, and pray for them, and self," and pray, " Father, forgive 

are wrong and wicked, wickedness do them good. them," what am I that 1 should set 

and wrong are hateful tome; but Q.— Are not such passages of the new Te»- ; up excuses and limitations, and try 

there is the feeling of benignity, com- ,ar,unl u = ** which - T0U J U81 r ^' a(1 ' f UiTul] ? to justify mv miserable human na- 

. o /■ I meant n> applv to cases where the religion of! •> . • V _ _ . 

passion, tender sorrow tor them. — j e sus Christ come in conflict with the prevail- ture, instead of following my Chlist? 

Aftd I am sure that it is Christ's spir- in K religion, and not to ordinary circumetan- i te ii vou t ( iere \g no one *j X) i, lt m 

it. And 1 am sure of another thing ' es ° , l . ... the world so critical of Christian 

-that vou will not be half as likely . \ d ,° not "cognize any religion ; character as the r to maintain 

to err on that side as on the other. * ** does . not h t ave to }° ™ th th, r love towards all men— not a love of 

ordinary circumstances ot lite ; and 



Q.-8uppose your son had been killed dur- j believe that this pa3sa ^e takes ill I 

and suppose a man ; • ~ .r* ° , , l benevolence, that begets a willing- 

ness to bear with them and won 
for them. And you will take notice 
that the only prayer of the Lord on 
which lie made any commentary 
was this : ''Forgive us our debts as 
we forgive our debtors." On this 
official prayer he say? : "For if ve 
forgive men their tresspasses, your 
Heavenly Father will also forgive 
you : but if you forgive not men 
their faresB] asses, neither will vour 
Heavenly Father forgive your 
passes." He conditions a man's 
own salvation; He makes the evi- 
dence of a man's own piety to de- 
pend on his capacity to forgive. — 
And I think there is not another 
point on which men have such a tight 
as that. 

OCR MANUSCRIPT EOX. 

As our "copy box" — which is a 
small 8 x 14 x 5 inch wooden box, 
— has become very much crowded 
with manuscript and letters of all 
sizes, so as to create anils tn incom- 
inodity to us in making our weekly 
selection.-:, we have r, 

of it aa raj idlj as i Double. It 
must be remembered that thu 



personal attraction, but a love of 

lng the late struggle, and suppose a man * " c ' ll -" > ^ —m* mum ^aooujjc wim ui 

should come to you and sav, "I was on the heathenism, Judaism, and human 

other Sid* during the war, and my sympathy nature . The language Could not be 
was with the south, and I indulged nivself in , r 1 

sending over a few muskets, a little powder, Stronger. 1 OU are to love }'OUT 
and a few bullets to be used in the Southern enemies. There is the Word, 
army; and it so happened, to my certain knowl- 
edge, that one of those muskets, and some of i Q. — Christ did not 6peak so when he. called 
that powder, and one of those bullets was the the Pharisees "hypocrites," did he ? 
means of the death of your son. "' Could vou : >T ... 

love that man? No ; because he was bringing up 

If I saw a man that had slain my the side of justice. A judge, when 
son, believe I could forgive him and sitting in court, cannot love the cul- 
love him. I could love him, not in I ,rit whom he condemns to prison or 
the sense of affinity of qualities, not \ t° the gallows in the sense that a 
on the ground of personal attractive- private citizen might. He is en- 
ness, but in the sense in which God trusted with judicial power. Christ, 
loves wicked men, with compassion, j I think, pronounced judicial sen- 
with sorrow, with pity, and with a ■ tence on the wickedness of the rulers 
perfect willingness to bear and for- of the Jews, and no more than that. 
bear with, and work for him. Let ' An(1 y» u will take notice that Christ's 
me read a passage that will explain denunciations were aimed at official 
what I moan : persona who used their power to 

"Ye have heard that it hath been i break down and destroy the poor 
said, thou shalt love thy neighbor and weak. He pronounced ven- 
and hate thiwe enemy ; but I say un- geancs on them as public malefae- 
to you, love your enemies, bless them *0». He heaped upon them epithets 
that curse you, do good to them that ! according to their moral character, 
hate you, and pray for thcin thatde- ■ as we do upon slaveholders or trai- 
spitefully use you and persecute you, j tors, liut there is no form of wick- 
that ye may be the children of our | edness so gross that in our individual 
Father which is in Heaven; for he | capacity we are not bound to love 
maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the perpetrator of it. Those men 
on the good, and sendeth rain on the . tmu would not go to the war, but 

just and on the unjust." | that stayed at home and laid in wait ! contains every imprinted article *ent 

Q.— Can we leve those men who put o.ir to rob our soldiers that risked their ■ us for publication, except a few up* 

•barky and pat lence to the proof, and .how-d lives lighting for liberty, I consider ' on a suhj *t agitated in the begin* 

themselves io be worse than eveu JetT. Davis, .1 • i . ° "11 , ° 

by deliberately rejoi. ing, during ihe war, over tnc wickedest men on the globe. — mug ot our tirst volume, and which 

tic rtctoriei of the Bontb, In wi.ieh were ilara Such men would creep like a worm ' have been placed in the archived — 

thousand* and thousand* ofourveung men ,1 1 .1 1 1 1 • 

thai wrm forth and laid flows Uuir Uv« 01 through the dirt into a grave to In doing tins we wish to giro ei 

the altar ol our cotiutry / .-,tcal the pennies Dal from i dead ulie a QOttOO, a- We |h*H t . 

If \ on mean to ask us whether we HI And wt, while 1 de- oalculated for the interi .. rea 

can love them as a man loves his sciibe tn.-m SO, I would, if the;, irerfl ders.and th kCtion of the uri 

wife, or his children, I reply that wo before Bat, fllflrfliflfl toward them | 

are not called to do that ; but if you the spirit of love. 1 should say, " It No. 1. A Communication without 

mean to ask whether we can love is hard. Lord ; but 1 will tale op a name, dated at Quitter, 111., 1 

them in the sense of obelisking j oron and follow thee, snen for 20, '66, and U »•■ mistake not, the 

spirit of beaerolenee toward them, 1 th< For in His mortal anguish, letter tiled at Columl 

say, Vcs, onquestionablj w.- can; Us oould look on men thai % ministerial 

K and we ought to maintain toward piercing Him, and nailing Him, and riait to St. Joe, Mo., and aoaUui y 

the worst men a low that will cna Wagging their heads, and saving, on brother Martin Bflflhor, Samue 



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Miller, Samuel St >ner, Daniel kltok, 
and Henry Bashor. He relates an 
■ incident at I wedding at which be 

\\a- l guest. At night quite a iiuin- 
ber of youth came to the place for 
tho purpose of giving a "serenade." 
The door was opened an I the boys, 

were invited in. After they had en- 
t ired the time was employed for s 
while in singing and prayer, after 
which they went away with quii ■ B 
different feeling, lie also visit d 
Rliea ('.'.. but did not preach there i 
as the brethren did not think it sale 
under the new Constitution, as the j 
ps 'I'le were somewhat ultra. lie 
mention-; at that place the name* of 
brother Samuel Stoner, brother Zim- 
merman, Benjamin Klepper, Reuben 
Green, and the baptism of Joel Gar- 
ber and wife, on New Year's day, at 
a meeting at the house of brother 
Zimmerman. This i; ab )Ut th • sub- 
stance of the letter, and so we have 
disposed of one. 

N . 2. We wish this one had not j 
been uppermost, as we had rather 
not <1 - i 'd it-; points this week. — ' 
However, we may as well do it now ' 
as ever. It bears the date of Jan. 
29, 'Gt3, and after some business re- 
marks begins thus : " We were ve- 
ry well pleased with the "Compan- 
ion," until we saw in it what we did 
on "lightning rods," which caused 
some to say they were down on it, 
and that if you put in such pieces as 
pleased you, you might buy them 
yourself." Perhaps we may as well 
ponder over and digest these remarks 
of the brother, before we proceed 
farther. 

It is quite probable that a few of 
our brethren have not renewed their 
subscription from the fact that we 
gave our ideas and convictions upon 
tliis subject, and others upon which 
tliev may differ with me. We arc 
sorry for this, not on account of the 

■ of their patronage, for we have 
still a living support, which is all we 
expect, but because they are out of 
the sphere of our influence. We 
would suppose that upon the same 
principle those brethren will refuse 
to go to hear their preacher if he 
U idea thai does not COP- 

I --pond with their own ; and that 
' when the teachers of their children 



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instruct t'ieui in the laws and truths views, add we forbear further com 
of Nature and Science, they will keep ment upon it for the present. 

them from school and shut them- No. 8. This is headed "confess! >n" 
selves up from all light that might be and is put up in the form of Poetry 
derived from the investigations and We will give the first stanza, 
experience of others. 

The l>rother then assures us that 
he intends to take the Companion, 



SMI 



and also to encourage others to do 
so, but wishes us not to speak in fa- 



F.nrirc-kd by tliv rich klCMl&g 
Lord we ihiink thec for the umf — 
Vi.r the k"" taett to uk riven 
Received through our Savior'* BMM. 



vor of lightning rods, as there are 
many of our brethren who are op- 
posed to them. This is the very rea- 
son why we have endeavored to throw 
some light upon this subject, in or- 
der that we might relieve our dear 
brethren from a state of mind which 
we know from experience is a very 
unpleasant one ; and all we as* 
thein is that they will investigate 
both sides of the subject, and we are 
assured that they will be with us. 

Our brother then adds : " We 
know there are such who believe in 
the Almighty, and are offended or 
hurt by such Avho have lightning 
rods, and Paul says : (1 Cor. 8: 11, 
12.) "And through thy knowledge 
shall the weak brother perish, for 
whom Christ died. But when ye sin 
so against the brethren, and wound 
their weak conscience, ye sin against 
Christ." Now it will not do for 
brethren to say this was meat that 
Paul had reference to ; mind it was 
everything that wonld offend. We 
find our brethren always spoke a- 
gainst lightning rods, and always de- 
cided against them at the Annual 
Meeting. Jesus says: (Matt. 18 : 6) 
"But whoso shall offend one of these 
little ones which believes in me, it 
were better for him that a millstone 
•were hanged about his neck, and 
that he were drowned in the depths 
of the sea." The Lord told us to 
build houses and live in them but he 
never told US to put up lightning 
rods. There have been houses built 
for a thousand years ago, but light- 
ning rods have only lately come in- 
to use. Some brethren have world- 
ly wisdom enough to have nine rod3 
upon their buildings, but the wis- 
dom of this world is foolishness. — 
Read and see if Cod ever was pleas- 
ed with the wisdom of this world." 
The above embodies the brothers 



The sentiments of the lines are ve- 
ry good, as it is an expression of 
(mttitude but we s fail to see the poe- 
try. If we transpose the lines, thus: 
"Lord, we thank thee for thy rich 
blessings, by which we have been 
encircled, and for the goodness which 
we have received from thee through 
our Savior's name," the expression 
V1 ^ would be just as emphatic, and the 
style much better. There are very 
few poets among our correspondents 
or we arc no judge. 

No. 4. Also poety. We must lay 
these away, and hope our friends 
will not accuse us for partiality. 

No. 5. An Enigma. As it is out 
of date we must also lay it by. 

No. 6. Also an Enigma. We shall 
meet this class quite frequently, as 
our young friends have been very 
active in furnishing us with their eff- 
orts. We must decline all that have 
not the answers and solution accom- 
panying them. As every one can- 
not solve the enigmas we would pre- 
fer more puzzles and Bible Ques- 
tions for this department and fewer 
enigmas. We lav this one away for 
future consideration. 

No. 7. Proceedings of a Council 
Meeting held in Virginia, in April, 
1864. They were handed to us by 
brother John C.Moomaw, at our last 
Annual Meeting, and we expected CO 
publish them, but when we returned 
home, and reflected upon the matter 
we did not feel exactly at liberty to 
do so. We will preserve them for 
future deliberation. 

No. 8. Proceedings of a similar 
meeting, at same place, 18 

No. 9. This is headed '-The 
Tongue." The writer says "We 
should not engage in Foolishnet 
i sating, which as Paul says is notcon- 
venient, but should rather give 
thanks." He then exhorts those who 
feel cheerful to sing P<jalms, an ! give > 

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will ])oii ler upon these two senti- ton Co., Md., on Friday morning, 

uienls lie may draw front hie own May the 18th, at nine o'clock, a. in.. 

mind the essence of the article be- for deliberation. Those members 

fore us, in Lobs time than it would coming by the Baltimore and Ohio 

take him to read it. It. It., will stop off at Martmseurg, 

No. 10. Six pages of note paper, Va., and take the coach for Hagcrs- j sus. 

Subsisting of criticisms upon the ar- town, Md. Those coming via. J 

tides of our contributors, endeavor- Pittsburg, will take the Cumberland 

m_: to show that popularity was the \ alley road at liarnsburg, to 11a- i T .. , . _ ,, , 

t j. i " i ij L ' a ii lL Lett home on the morning of reb. 

ruing motive. Lest others should gerstown, and all repare to the -, -.. t , , ... , , 

.i • i *i ru- -ii i .. -^ i • u e i .i low. Landed satelv at brjther 

think the same of him, we will let it Washington House, from whence the , ■ «.. . , 

1 tieorge bhivelev s 



mittee, for one member at least had 
it written two months ago, as a 
prominent feature in his plan. 

In love, 1 remain your colaborer 
in the kingdom and patience of Je 
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in the evening. 
Evening of the 16th, preachinj 
A'iance. Thence to Trumbull Co., 
near Bristol ; seven meetings in suc- 
cession. The meetings were well 



go into the waste box. brethren will convey you to the 

No. 11. Unvoting; out of date place of meeting. You will make 

because the sentiments of the wri- your arrangement so as to arrive at 

tor have already been repeated. Hagerstown on Thursday, the 17th. 

No. 12. Two enigmas; will be The brethren will furnish conveyance | 
preserved. 

No. lo. Repent of a ministerial If any one member of the coin- 

visit, which was crowded out until mitte cannot attend the meeting, he 

we thought it out of date, and also as is hereby respectfully requested to '■ P ' aCe ' - Vet th "- V »«M»C«Wtu] dur.ng 

» briefreport had already been pub. have his suggestions written and ^ PJ****™' Md "PI 

lidied of mis same visit, and as this have them forwarded to the writer. 

one is quite lengthy and much too or any other person, so the com- I 

precise in its details. We desire to mitte receive them. Any one not 

hear from our ministerial brethren complying with this request will be 



c. t i i <> .i • ■ attended, and the reope mam 

alter the arrival of the evening train. . J .' , 

a great interest in the good cause. 

There are only four members at this 



mittee, and are making efforts to 
build a me. 'ting-house, and their 
prospects are favorable. We have 
seldomlv found mor« rood feelin* 



upon their return from visits, but we ; considered neutral, and" the commit- aU<1 f^\ among the peopli 

■mat request them to be brief. We tee will proceed accordingly. A T'"' 1 the **»**?* than at tins 

refer them to brother Mver's report prompt and full attendance' is re- 5^' T™* **?* ******* » 

in another column, as a specimen of quested. "'^ v- h " c } ome m « *">*** 

'John JNicholson accompanied me to 



sucli reporte. He furnishes us with 
the facts and permits us to arrange 



i ,r • ir ac j y •. ijouii ^icuoisoi 

In Uompanwn No. 26, and vitttor 

r„i„v I _ .• .. i those meetings. 

w WHUU.G July JNo., 1 gave notice, re>iuestin_' a m , ° 

it to our own pleasure. His report free expression of sentiment. &.; ... ^f *«? ^urned to Bandy 

embraces some 20 meetings, and a- and that any suggestions the breth- ^ hupch ' Columbiana Co.. and had 

out two weeks ol time and occupies ren might olfer would be thankfully 

only about half a column. received and duly communicatee 1 to 

No. 14. A letter defending the the committee. A number of breth- 

character of a certain brother who ren have, however published their 

has been assailed with false reports, views in the M Visitor*' and the 

It is a matter entirely out of our '•Companion." Now I do not know 

sphere. We dare not insert it. It whether these brethren expect 

would be heralding the report abroad to carry a file id" these papers with 

and ii' false, would be so much the me to the place of meeting and there 

more difficult to correct. We hope look up their articles, or are they 

the writer, who ia an aged minister content with the public knowing 

will see the propriety of our actions, their views on the subject. To th 

Ti be ttmtinued. brethren who have sent in their 

— _♦_ as 1 will tay, your letters 

< <>ltlti:si'OM>i \< K. a" regularly Bled, and will be faith- 

v«ii.~ * T- — ''"" v submitted to the comraitl 

l ir prudential reasons, I am much 



meetings at Himes meet 
house, near Moultrie. Thence to the 
Brethren meeting-house at Reading, 
five meetings. Thence to Free- 
burg, three meetings. Then. 

-. where we held evening meet- 
ing. Thence to Liberty m et- 
ing-honse, four meetings. The 
meetings were all pretty well i 
ded, and characterised wish i 

order and interest. 

Arrived 
and found all well. 

UIIAYBI1 I. Ml ERS. 




It'.ir Bretiren : In compliance Ithatn immittee 

With order ..I Maiidmg .•..mmittee of have published:.: 

last feariy Meeting, I hereby in In No. 7 of tl A mpanion" 

rorm the members ofths committee, another Hob, ■ 

"on a change in the manner of hold- Thomas S. 11 introdu. 

>ur Annual Meetings," that you idea which has -been,, 

are requested to meet it the house tod, fro. For brother I! 



April 1st. A f our sub- 

scribers will be changing their ple- 

uenlly 
also theii 1 • ' | irin;4 

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we would re. | 

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us much rfflnoncnntirj labor 

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2$ Subscribers. — As we have 
a number of names upon our list 
which are credited with two dollars 
and a-< the price of the Companion 

is now only c 'i..".<i. it will he seen 
that all Hiioh have a credit of 50 
cents. As proposed in our pro- 
spectus, we will refund this amount 
to those who request it. We ■would 
now propose to send them instead 
a copy of the 

"PIOUS COMPANION," 
a neat and instructive little book, bv 
brother Samuel Kinsey, Dayton, 0. 
The book will be sent free of pos- 
tage, for the 50 cents credit, oi 
others may order it from this office, 
at tho same rate. 

A Bavarian Israelite, writing 
to the Israelite Indeed, has a state- 
ment on the process of the restora- 
tion of the Jews to Palestine, which 
is worthy of note. He says : 

"The rcgatheriii£ of the Jews is 
now beginning to take place. Not 
only many single families immigrate 
to Palestine, but there have been 
formed a number of societies in al- 
most every land on this continent, 
to prepare an immigration on a large 
scale, provided with all possible 
means, money, implements and tools 
of every kind, to commence the cul- 
tivation of the long desolated land, 
at once, and with the utmost vigor. 
There are men o? considerable wealth 
among them, and not one without 
some means, enough at least to de- 
fray the expences of the journey, and 
to purchase a plot of ground. 1 am 
happy to state that I am one of the 
leading members of a society form- 
ing here in Bavaria, which numbers 
already over nine hundred heads of 
families, besides a number of young 
■ who would not form an alli- 
ance with the other sex. until settle. 1 



adds : "The Gentiles hereabouts — 
that is the petty German Protestant 
kingdoms and principalities — are c- 
ven more astir about Palestine than 
the Jews." 



"Wc expect next Saturday, if noth- 
ing interferes, to visit our old home 
in Morrison's Cove, and to return on 
Monday. 

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In Y<dlow Creek branch, Bedford Co., Pa., 
SAMUEL, son of brother Danie] and Mary 
ST AY PR; aged I years, 4 months, and 27 
days. Funeral discourse by brethren L. Furry 
and J. Miller. C. L. Hoi.singku. 

PMfor please copy. 

At I. eon, Decatur Co., Iowa, Feb. 3rd, 
FRANK C, son of brother Win. I. and sinter 

STOUT; aged 2 years, lees 10 day*.— 

This tender lanb was taken from the embra- 
ces of its earthly parents verv suddenly and 
i- a swift witness to the certainty of the fact, 
that all flesh is as grass. Funeral services by 
brother S. A. Garberand the writer, from Job 
14:1,2,3. L. M. Kou. 

In Clover Creek branch, Blair Co., Pa., 
March 5th, our esteemed old sister ELIZA- 
BETH BRUMBAUGH, widow of brother 
John Brumbaugh ; aired 70 years, 8 months, 
and 3 days. On the Cth her mortal remains 
were conveyed, and consigned to the grave 
yard near the Clover Creek meeting-house, 
followed by a large number of friends and re- 
latives. The occasion was improved from 
John 5 : 24 — 29, by the writer, and brother 
George B. Brumbaugh of James Creek branch. 
Daniel M. Hoi.mnukr. 

In Hickory Grove district, Carroll Co., Ill,, 
Feb. 1st, after a few hours illness. QUINCT, 
son of brother Jacoh and sister Phebe 
CRONSE ; aged 17 years, 9 months, and 3 
days. 

Thus early and unexpected are we called to 
mourn the loss of one who but yesterday 






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J. T. Rowland. Delphi. Ind. 1.50 

Moses Weaver, Ashland, O. 1.50 

Danl. An/, " 1.50 

Oeo. Kepner, " 1.50 

Franklin Klepinger. Little Fork, O. 1.50 

Joshua Crumpton. Dayton, O. 1.50 

John Fry, '•' 1.50 

M. (i. (iibblc. Mastersonvillc, Pa. 1.50 

Martha Huffman, Winchester, O. 1.50 

Avarilla Siiri v.r. North Georgetown, O. 1.50 

David Summers, Smithfleld Station. O. 1.50 

Daniel Seiber, Mifflin, Pa. 1.50 

Michael R. Beaaor, Oakland Mills, Pa. 1.50 

Lewis Kiminc!!, F.lderton, Pa. 1.50 

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Solomon Kuisely, do 1.50 

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Joseph M. Dcttrn. Port Providence, Pa. 1.50 

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The foHowing have paid 50 cents, ba/ance 
on subscription : — Sammi Mosser. F'phraim 
MiHer, Wm. Quin, Henry Brindfe, .Vary ,1/iif- 
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promised a long life of uscfulne-s. Vestcrdav 

he sat with his schoolmates within the haii of Christian Family Companion, 

learning but ere the morningMawnedhe was 



in eternity. Truly is death no respecter of 
persona, but calls alike upon the young and 
old. Here we sec one of the most promising, 
in whose veins coursed the gonial blood of 
youth, whose heart was tilled with high hopes 
of achievement, yet when the messenger 
commanded, his summons was obeyed. In 
the short space of 10 hours, with no apparent 
indication of s°vere pain, nor an}' perceptable 
fatal -igns, until within ■ few momenta, the 
lamp of life went out, and the bereaved 
friends had left to them, but a clayey 
tenement, which they laid away in tin- tomb. 

Funeral 6ervlscs by brother MichaU Si6lcr. 

1'ifitor please copy. 

lMat of moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 
Deborah Warkelser, BowardviUe 111. 
Wm. QroesbscV A ft on Iowa. 
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Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henry R. Holsinger. who is a member of 
the "Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by tiie name of "German Baptists," & 

vulgarly or maliciously c died •• PnnkariU." 

The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
OS bit way to Zion. 

It iir-sumes that the New Testament is the 
Will of God) and that no one can hare the 
promise of salvation without observing all (fa 
re q ui re m ent* ; that among these are Faith, Re- 
pentance. Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion. Keel Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion.* barity. Non-conformity to 
the world, and ■ full resignation to the whole 
will of Ood as lie has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So much of the affairs of this world as will 
he thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the signs of the times, or such M may tend 
to the moral, mental, or physical benefit of 
the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coming Into contact with 
the so called Literary or Political journals. 

Bnbsertptlou may begin at any time. 

For further particulars send for a specimen 
number, enclosing a stamp. 

Address H. R. HOLSINGER. 

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" Whosoever loreth me keepeth my commandments." — Jisus. 

TYRONJS CITY, PA^TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 1866. 



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Number 12. 






For tfu Companion. 
Meditation. 

Oh, man, behold in David's line, 
A Christ is born to all mankind ; 
Sent by Omnipotence to earth, 
A manger chosen for his birth. 

The wise men, when they heard the news, 
Cried "where is he born King of Jews :" 
Aad lo ' the great star of the East, 
Points to the spot expected least. 

The Prince of peare thus humbly came, 
All nations bless his hallowed name ; 
8alvation he procured for all, 
He died for each ;— Oh heed hi* call. 

His promises evinsire are, 

That he will not one soul debar, 

If they the Archetype obey, 

Who hath declared, "I am the way." 

"I am the way, walk thou therein, 
Forsake the world, its lust, its sin ; 
Repent, believe, and be baptised, 
Obey the laws by me devised." 

Euphoneous arc the words he spoke, 
"My burdthen easy, light my yoke ; 
Take up thy cross and learn oi' me, 
And thou shalt my salvation see." 

His life was full of charity, 
Submission, love and sympathy , 
And when up calvary was led, 
He humbly bowed his aching head. 

The Rausomer hanged on the tree, 
And shed his blood for you and me ; 
Father be cried, forgive, forgive ! 
And let these rebel sinner* live. 

In anguieu, torment, bitter death, 
He cried aloud with parting breath ; 
••Ell lama sabachthnui,"' 
And Yielded up the ghost, to die. 

Millions redeemed, now saints above, 
A teliaugels of redreiuilig lot c , 
Proclaim to Pilgrims here L-low, 
Death eoiuclh ; — Oh ! prepare to go. 

8LD1E M. THOMAS. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

For the Com/MmuH. 
" Who ls> »blr to Mtuud lii-iure 
Euij? l»ro». 27: t. 

That we may grapple and destroy 
inure effectually, this foe to grace, 
enemy of God and man, we will take 
it by fragments, analyze its parts, 
scrutinize its subtle machinery, dis- 
thfl secret wherin lieth its 
.strength, and then direct against it 
llr.t.i-ns nighttett artilen . 

Bnvj is tin- lii-t bom of the ad- 
versary. It is tin: child that he lo 

and adore*. It is Pie itrougeet of 
tin- princes of Pandemonium. When 

it was matured in the head of him 
who ga\e it being, it came forth in 



open war against the glorious King 
of Heaven. The adoration of the 
angelic hosts was its first attemptito 
secure, and in its partial success it 
thought to dethrone the great and 
terrible Jehovah. But omnipotence 
prevailed, and the rebel spirits were 
driven below. 

Now, that envy is an inhabitor of 
earth, and hath brought upon us the 
dreadful curse whereby we have in- 
herited the flesh that is heir to sin, 
(for the devil, through the spirit of 
envy, determined to reduce us thro' 
our great progenitors to the same 
state of hopeless misery and ruin 
with himself,) it behooves us to see 
what is the degree of subjection to 
which we are reduced, and then to 
apply the prescribed restoratives. 

We have seen, then, by facts drawn 
from the Scriptures of eternal truth, 
and deductions therefrom, that this 
spirit is an attribute of th» prince of 
darkness, that it is an essential cle- 
ment of hi3 character, and that his 
existence would be a myth without 
it. Having this evidence before us 
that the spirit of envy and the sable 
king, are one and inseparable, it fol- 
lows that who of the children of men 
harbors it are special guardians of 
the interest of our old adversary, and 
the promoters of his dark designs. 
It is an incontrovertible fact, and in 
further attestation of the truth of it, 
I refer the reader to a subse iwiit 
paragraph which I shall devote to 
illustrating it. 

It was this unsightly and deform- 
ed spirit that marshalled the armies 

of old, that fought the children of 
light with the ■word, the Caggot, and 

all the murderous instrument! of the 

primitive pereecutione. 

!•.■ il the horrori of the bloodj uv 

i|ui-iti(.>n were fed and sustained un- 
til it died of iti own luperlaiiYi o( 

fort-. tO reduce the elect of tiud to 
:tion. or drive them from off 
the face ei the earth. 

I.'nvy at work, is emphatically per- 



secution without any qualification. 
It is the essence of intolerance. It 
makes virtue a crime, and clothes 
vice in the spacious habiliments of 
law and justice. Its mission is to 
destroy, either character or life, for 
nothing less than the destruction of 
its victims has ever been known to 
satiate its raging, burning thirst ; a 
thirst set on fire of hell, and aggra- 
vated by the poisonous vapors of 
the sulphurous lake. 

Having now seen, that this foe 
with whom we are at war, is the ver- 
itable head and heart of him who 
reigns in the kingdom of darkness, it 
would seem utterly useless, and with- 
out semblance of reason, to assert, 
or try to prove that it was and is 
the sworn and avowed antagonist of 
Him " who is love" (for to pro- 
ceed to prove what is admitted by 
all, is to offer insult to intelligence 
and true wisdom. Hence it cannot 
abide with the christian). He that 
is renewed by grace, " born of wa- 
ter, and of the spirit, and of God," 
and has tasted the good word of 
God, and feels the power of the world 
to come ; he that is governed bv the 
spirit of love, whereby we know we 
are the children of God, who begat 
us of his own will, and in his own 
likeness and similitude ; he cannot 
give a resting place to this spirit of 
the deep. It has no abode with 
him. 

However, the spirit that is in us 
lu.steth to envy, for the Scripture 
saith it, and saith not in vain, and 
that there are not MMNUj u> 
those, whose mind.-, have not Keen 
renewed, but tchunt $j>iril it c. 
>ujt,i t$ lurtjj envy Would be to Con- 
tradict the p'.aiue t declnrati 
Holy Writ, h i H our dutv then, in 

view of this mortifying ana *oul dis- 

log lac!, lo ferret out and re 

mon itrifying mats, that the , 

bod v. ot which we are member*, miv I 
be preserved from that which Would y 
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little haven 
lump. 

Having now followed this active 
spirit from its birth in Heaven, thro' 
its peregrinations on the earth, with 
it-* entrance into the church, we will 
note particularly its workings a- 
mongst us. We will here observe 
thru its ends are the same, (to sub- 
vert the kingdom of God,) whether 
clad in the snored litert of an a- 
postle, or, at the head of the armies 
of the aliens. 

With the first observance of the 
writer of religion, we have connect- 
ed th« sad account of a horrible frat- 
ricide, perpetrated under the influ- 
ence of envy. It began its career 
on earth, by the overthrow of our 
first parents, and qufeMV followed 
by the shedding of blood. 

Passing without not'cc the many 
instances of the workings of this 
fiend, from the death of Abel, to the 
slaying of our Lord, we see how He 
the Pure, the Immaculate, the Holy 
One of Israel, was followed by day 
and by night, pursued with tin* in- 
veterate and implacable malice of 
" His own," for through envy they 
sought to entrap and entangle Him 
by their craftiness and hypocricy ; 
through envy they defamed and ma- 
ligned his spotless character and ho- 
ly life, and through envy they got 
possession of his penon and ' ; deliv- 
ered him," for the heathen mler 
knew it, hence it certainly was pal- 
pable to all. 

Having treated ct some length 
the conspicuous example of the 
fierceness of our en«my and its ma- 
li'tii int and ferocious attempt to de- 
stroy our L>rd, we will let that suf- 
fice <is evidence to prove it; exis- 
tence in the church, (hiving crept 
in unawares) for the Apostle of the 
tJentiles tells us that " He was in 
all point' tempted like as we are," 
UT, which is synonymous, we are, in 
all points, tempted like as He was, 
therefore we arc to contend with the 
*amc spirit of evil that daily and 
hourly beset our glorious Head. The 
fact then is established that we have 
them amongst us to day. It is un- 
deniably proven from the Holy Rec- 
i ords, and be it our task to prepare 
> for the pen. ling eonfliet, to BO inar- 



the whole I shal the heavenly forces, that its at- 
tacts may be triumphantly repelled 
and its meditated evil recoil on its 
own unhallowed head, where it inev- 
itably tends. (See the histories of 
Satan, lain, Ilaman, Herod, and the 
Jews, &c.) 

But to show more plainly its visi- 
ble effect on us, and its mode of 
oj* ration against the people of the 
most high, we will speak of its insid- 
ious and persistent efforts to destroy 
the character and reputation of 
God's ministers, who are to " minis- 
ter unto the saints," and to make 
known his purpose to save those that 
believe, and to " destroy those that 
believe not." Their frailties and 
peccadilloes are magnified, embla- 
zoned and heralded to the world, 
and from the inmost caverns of the 
abodes of darkness, the villainous 
howl is answered back and forth, 
that religion is a fable, and her 
ministers impostors. 

It is redoutable envy that holds 
the reins of ecclesiastical terror*, 
and throws them ever and anon over 
the heads, and hearts, and spirits of 
the called, and chosen, and faith 
ful. It is her that clogs and jades 
their weary, way-worn, battle-scarred 
bodies and souls by her slanders and 
defamations, and makes them to cry, 
Oh ! " who is able to stand before 
envy V* But it stops not here. It 
arrogantly inters the lists against 
the Great Omnipotent. His de- 
signs in the selection of his minis- 
ters are past rinding out ; inscruta- 
ble as his own august character, and 
yet he who submits to the dictation 
of envy boldly, would thwart his 
high and holy designs, and measure 
his wisdow and works by his own 
corrupt and narrow standcrd. He 
would dictate to the Lord, who he 
should authorize as Embassadors, 
what qualifications they should pos- 
ses;, what measure of spirit they 
>hould be endowed with, and then 
demand appointment over all his 
heritage. Its victims are, among 
all the sufferers by sin, the least 
responsible for their offence. The 
gifts and blessings of God, bestowed 
upon those whom he choses, draw 
alter them its heaviest blows, and 
their possessor is made the butt of 



us bury, and 

is offered, it 

"Thou hydra 



its most poisonous shafts. The tal- 
ents we receive to be returned with 
usury, it would have 
the happiness that 
would have us reject, 
of the deep, go quarrel with the 
Lord : that he hearken to thee, and 
bestow his gifts as thou command- 
est." It certainly i3 the basest of 
all the vices that possess the heart 
of man, in that it grieves at the 
good fortune of another. Its bale- 
ful eyes shed tears of hate when it 
sees the favor of God bestowed upon 
others. 

Now brethren and sisters, we see 
that this spirit, when it has its seat 
in the heart, totally unfits us for all 
spiritual employment and develop- 
ment, yet as it is amongst us, it 
necessarily follows that hypocrisy 
and deceit are its inevitable concom- 
itants, for how can we salute with 
the kiss of love and charity, wash 
one another's feet, and commune to- 
gether at the Lords table, with envy 
in our hearts, and still be guiltless 
of hypocrisy ? It is palpably absurd. 
Then how can we exist as a body 
with this corroding element gnawin^ 
at our vitals. Where are our hopes 
while this wicked thing is amongst 
us, with all its train of offspring. — 
That this spirit is not a mere crea- 
ture of fancy, but a veritable goblin 
cursed, escaped from the burning 
pit, is abundantly proved by it be- 
ing a premeditated, cold, calculating 
evil, and not one of passion or weak- 
ness of the flesh. It has its throne 
in the heart, and the head moves in 
quick, mechanical responses to its 
bloody mandates. It belongs to that 
class of sins for which there is no 
penance received. It must be puri- 
fied by fire. It is an essential ele- 
ment of the angel of the bottomless 
pit, an ingredient inseparable from 
his very nature. It will follow 
him through the short period that 
yet remains for his triumph, but 
then comes the time of its distress 
and anguish, and Oh ! what terrors 
for those that have done its bidding 
against the called, and chosen, and 
faithful 

In conclusion, "let us lay aside 
all malice, and all guile, and hypoc- 
risies, and envies, and all evil speak- 






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ing, that we may grow by the sin- j be made. The wiue in question is 
cere milk of the" word, as new-born made by fermenting the juice of a 
babes. - ' Let u» not enw our belov- plant, called '-wine plant," (which 
ed brethren who are talented by the is nothing more than the common 
Lord, for "lie giveth us some apos- | pie plant or rhubarb,) with the &d- 
tles, some prophets, &c," " tor the dition of sugar, which produce an 
perfecting of the saints, for the work alcoholic beverage called "SheiTy 
of the ministry, and for the edifwng Wine ;" and will intoxicate if taken 
of the body oi Christ." '• Gii'u. are in sufficient qualities. It seems tome 
given according to grace ;'' then if [ there is as much wrong in making 
we have no other, than to hold the j win* to sell, as there is in making 
hands of the watchman, let us do it ' »•*»% or any other intoxicating 
as the work of our Lord and not drink ; and consequently no difier- 
our work. Our brother that envieth ence between making wine out of a 



is not doing the work of the Master. 
for his desire is for the praise ot 
men, and to be exaltod to the upper- 
most Mate Jlemember "he that ez- 
alteth himself shall be abated." 8e 
terribly viniiotive is this our foe, 
that uidess we unite to eject him 



wine plant, and liquor out of grain. 
And in a country like ours, where 
the facilities to make an honest and 
christian living, are within the reach 
of all, without resorting to making 
intoxicating drink, and encouraging 
intemperance, we as a religious peo- 
from our hearts, it will lead" and I jle > wko P^fess to have ''couie out 
prompt us to reject the second com- fr ° m ainon S thera '" 6h,jUld uot toucL 
ing of the Lord Jesus. It must be the u »clean thing, much less nianu- 
done. Our eternal salvation de- \ facture xt ' and offer it to Uie world. 

\\ e find that sin and shame are con- 
I nected with the first mention that it 
; made of wine in the Bible ; Gen. 9 : 
i 20 ; It is characterised as " a deceit- 
ful mocker ;" fruitful in miseries, in 



knows as much, and tells a3 much 
truth about the plant, as fruit ped- 
dlers are likely to do. 

J. G. ROYER. 
Webster, Ohio. 



mands it. So rapidly is this spirit 
hurrying us on to ruin that we cry 
with the wisest of the earth, ** who t* 
able to ttand before envy." The 
inference is plain. None but the 
Lord of Lords and King of Kings. 
Then let us fall to prayer. Let us 
adjure him to save us, to take us un- 
der his protecting wings, int.j bit 
bosom, where reigns love, and peace, 
an 1 joy, and where we can ttand 
before en>-y, and in the end, " come 
out conquerors, yea more than con- 
querors through him that loved us." 
D. C. MOOMAW. 

liinsaek*, Va. 

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For the Com), anion. 
Wine .Unking Again. 

Brother Jl'thinyer : — In Vol. 2 
No. 7 of the "Companion," I notic- 
ed an article headed "Wine Mak- 
ing." In it the following question 
occurs: "I. s there any diden-nee 
between making wino out of a \» i, • 
plant, or melius other intoxicating 
drink out of gram?" In my hum- 

ble opinion, there i, no di f- 

en 1 1 shall endeavor in a few words 

to give my r.i.,..ns for thinki 

Win* ia a li.pior, and is iu.e at 



i woes, &c. The use of it, is, in some 
1 cases expressly forbidden. Lev. 10: 

9. 'Die law of the Na^arite was, to 

separate himself from wine and strong 

drink. Num. 6 : 3. 

To tempt others to lue it, is, in 
; one passage made the occas on of a 

bitter curse, lleb. 2: 15. Danie! 
; and the Rechabit -s saw good rea- 
] BOM for total abstinen M from wine : 

Jer, 3.0: 14; and tiie etJttittl 
. Paul on a matter involving the - MTO 

principle, is divinely eoeUM n led to 
, universal adoption. Roui. 11 : 21; 
| 1 Cor. 8 : 13. 

Dear brethren let us consider the 

matter well before we en *ea • 

. in ;t. Ear it veins to me, that 
, the leading motive to ougagc 

a danger >ua >>no \ the Ipue 
1 toted that kha ao called 

plant was nothing mure khan the 

common j ie plant. Saint may he 
M to know Iron whence I have 

in\ auth '■ it . for a urtui 

All hucli 1 would let, r to i. 



Hess intoxicating. Since it inioxi- bor nuuiber of the 14 th Vol. a 



cates, »t uiu.^t neoeaaarilj oentain al- 
cohol ; without which, no wine cm 



A»tfr. i ffictUiUfisi ; the editor 

of which; 1 am inolin I I 



For Uu Coiupiuxioit. 
Charity. 

There is no virtue more highly 
Commended, or more strictly enjoin- 
ed, in the New Testament than that 
of charity. Though we have all oth- 
er virtues, and possess not charity, 
we are nothing, says the Apostle. 

What he here means by charity, 
is -imply love — that love which tliink- 
eth no evil, but delights in works 
of goodness and mercy to all. 

All men are liable to err. "There 
is none perfect; no not one." There 
is not one that can stand aione and 
say, '* I have no need ofhuman sym- 
pathy. I shall not fall into c^ror. 
1 am able to take care of myself." 
If there be such a one, let him take 
heed le*t h^ fall. 

Many good christians lack very 
niuchof this important virtue. They 
are too apt to censure and avoid 
those who have fallen into evil hab- 
its, where the exercise of love and 
kindness might redaim thera. We can 
never know the exact -imtntteatej 
ot othcrs.how great their temptations, 
or how much power they have *. ) re- 
sist temptati ■ :>. ben a i are 
able to judge correctly of the extent 
of their g'lih, and should be ran 
careful in condemning any one. U 
we faithfully examine our own heart* 
and behold our . andfrail- 

unl our need of th I Divine love 
and i. ■ will eureU n <t 

dined to censure and condemn our 
follow -men for like frailties. Nay, 
manded, "Judge 

not l«*3t ye bo judged ; fer with what 

judgment ye judge, ve |udg< 

I • | v . • , thai 
uot raahjj our fellow men, 1. 
fall iul 

for *• Charity tufl 

long and ia ki 

iaiuuit) but rejoiceth in the truth." 
> \l 0MB6HAJ 

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For tht Companion. 
The u»c» of Adversity. 

A LETTER TO A TOUNO SISTER. 

"I thank my God through Jesus 
Christ" for the grace bestowed upon 
you, enabling you to see your sphere 
of labor where Providence has 
placed you. Your mission i3 a holy 
one, having for its object the nur- 
ture of immortal souls whom God 
has bereft of maternal supervision. 
God has not only appointed your 
work, but has in a strangely provi- 
dential way prepared you for it ; 
and "great will be your reward in 
Heaven" if you faithfully discharge 
the duties of your station. You 
will save your own soul, ard your 
fidelity may, by the grace of God, 
lead others to the Fountain of Life, 
who will hail you in the mansions of 
the redeemed as the instrument of 
their salvation. 

Be not discouraged when your ef- 
forts seem futile, and your labor 
lost. God sees the end from the 
beginning, and would have tls go 
forth in his name, scattering seed 
beside all waters, nursing it with 
our prayer*, and moistening it with 
our tears, waiting patiently for the 
dew of Heaven and the increase of 
God. Your God-appointed mission 
will often bring you upon your 
knees, will often turn your steps to 
the Mercy-seat, thus promoting your 
own holiness, and making the light 
of your life more effulgent. The 
work God has assigned you involves 
many cares and trials, but these will 
render you more sensible of your 
own weakness, and of the necessity 
of Divine aid, and this consciousness 
will constrain you to repair more 
frequently and humbly to Christ for 
grace and strength. Earthly care 
it a heavenly dicipline. Sin and 
its results in this life is pressed into 
the service of holiness. The fruits 
of sin, in the form of pain, toil, care, 
and sorrow, are cxcellant antedotes 
to indxeelliiKj life and power. In 
one sense, by the graoe of (rod, sin 
i- tin' cure of sin. Nothing is more 
frequently felt and spoken of as a 
hin Iranee to the inward life «f devo- 
tion, than tfU ttm if life. In 
themselves considered, they arc not 



desirable. If they be not instrumen- 
tal in conducting us to the Source 
of Strength, Comfort, and Holiness, 
they have the disastrous effect of 
choking the word, and rendering it 
unfruitful. 

The cares of this world have a 
manifest tendency to blight the buds 
of grace ; but if we cast them on 
Him who careth for us, they will 
issue in great and manifold blessings. 
When the storm rages, and the at- 
mosphere is low, and the heavens 
black, and the elements in fearful 
commotion, we hasten to the house 
for refuge, security, and comfort. — 
None but madmen would be so pro- 
voked at these adverse natural mani- 
festations as to brave their fury, and 
perish in their temerity, when doors 
would be open to receive them, and 
hearts ready to welcome them. So 
when the storm3 of adversity break 
upon us, and we are chilled and be- 
numbed with the cares and trials of 
life, we are not to murmur, or fret 
against the Lord, for that would be 
like spitting against the wind, or 
beating against the bosses of omnip- 
otence ; but we must flee to the Rock 
of Ages, the City of Refuge, the 
Fortress of the Almighty, the Asy- 
lum in " the secret places of the 
Stairs." Sol. Song. 2 : 14. The 
greater our trials the more we prize 
the Divine sympathy. The harder 
the storm blows, the firmer our 
grasp on the right hand of the God- 
man, and the more welcome a safe 
letreat in the "clefts of the Rock." 
The rougher the sea, and the higher 
the billows, and the greater our 
danger of pvinishing, the more speed- 
ily will we go and awake the com- 
mander of the raging elements from 
his sleep on a pillow in the hinder 

part of the ship. " Let not your 

heart be troubled : ye believe in 
God, believe also in me." God, 
the Father, is certainly Almighty : 
Christ is equal to the Father in 
every attribute of his Divine Na- 
ture. He is the absolute God, and 
is also as truly human as we are. — 
Almighty power is exercised in our 
behalf through I form and nature 
like our own. lie who thought it 
"l.ot robbery to be equal with trod,"' 
13 our Brother, our (juide, our Gov- 



ernor, our Head, our Help, our 
Hope, our Life, our Joy, our Glory, 
our Lawgiver, the Horn of our 
Salvation, the Lion of the Tribe of 
Judah. He is the Mighty God of 
Isaiah, the Morning Star of John, 
the Michael of Daniel, the Melehi- 
sedek of David, the Elect of all the 
Saints, and the Emanuel of all the 
World. His Person is one ; but his 
Natures are two. He is to be feared 
as God, reverenced as Eternal, Ma- 
jestic, Sovereign; but loved, ap- 
proached, and confided in as a faith- 
ful High Priest, a glorious and po- 
tent Advocate, an all-prevailing In- 
tercessor, and an all-sufficient. Sav- 
He wears our nature, bears 



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our afflictions, shares our sorrows, 
sanctifies our cares, comforts our 
hearts, turns the evils of life into 
means of good, and puts his shoulder 
to our burdens by the assumption of 
humanity, and dwelling in our 
hearts through the power of the 
Holy Ghost. 

" Let not your heart be troubled, 
neither let it be afraid." Bring 
every little provocation, every petty 
care, to the gracious audience of 
your Bosom-Friend in the Heavens. 
His eye is ever upon you, he knows 
your sorrows, watches your strug- 
gles, marks every step, " his left 
hand is under your head, and his 
right hand doth embrace you." — 
His love is sweeter than wine, and 
his benediction better than life. — 
Seeing you have such a Savior, 
such a Beloved, such a Bridegroom, 
such a glorious, wonderful Daysman, 
"let not your heart be troubled." — 
If you are weary, he is present as 
the One who " givcth power to the 
faint, and to them that have no 
might he increaseth strength." If 
you are faint and ready to sink un- 
der your accumulated afflictions, he 
is unto you "as a cluster of camphire 
in the vineyards of En-gedi. "A 
bundle of myrrh is the Well-Be- 
loved" unto all the weary pilgrims 
of the wilderness. "Let not your 
heart be troubled :" He " will stay 
you with flagons, and comfort you 
with apples." When providences 
3eem to frown, he will draw you 
nearer to himself, bring you into 
the Banqueting-house ," wave over, 



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^A you "the banner of love," " lie be- 
) twixt your breasts," and thrill your 
soul with the ravishing recital ojf his 
"Everlastihg Love." 

"Be not weary in well-doing ; for 
in due season you shall reap, if you 
faint not." Like your blessed Re- 
deemer, "endure the cross, despi- 
sing the shame," in consideration of 
the " eternal weight of glory that 
looms up from the world of futurity. 
"Be of good cheer ;" great tribula- 
tions, and blood-washed robe3, and 
eternal blessedness, are linked to- 
gether in the Grace and Providence 
of God. The righteous Jud»e has a 
crown of glory, a diadem of fadeless 
lustre and beauty, in readiness for 
you, which he will place upon your 
own lowly head in the great day of 
coronation. 

Sincerely and affectionately yours, 
in Christ Jesus. 

C. H. BALSBAUGH. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 

For the .Companion. 
Electricity. 

Hoping to excite no controversial 
spirit, but rather a spirit of investi- 
gation among the brotherhood in re- 
lation to this phenomenon of nature 
so imperfectly understood by the 
greater portion of mankind, we of- 
fer to unfold some of its peculiar ef- 
fects, and afterward suirj/est some 
precautions against its destructive- 
ness. In treating upon electrieitv, 
we acknowledge it Id emanate from 
the Almighty as a substance to rare- 
fy the atmosphere we breathe, and 
in many other respects very benefi- 
cial to mankind, while indeed, no an- 
imal life could exist without it. A 
certain portion of electrioy is in all 
electric bodies, including all animal 
life. Experiments upon such bodies 
have proved to a demonstration that 
they are charged with electrieitv. If 
the electrical fluid is n >t the in'mn-i 
of fire, as has been conjectured, tt 
resembles that element in so mwij 
of its phenomena and rfbfte, that 
tlu-re is a reason to believe it a com- 
l.ination of that element with other 
. substance. Jlut .scientifical men ;ire 
J ignorant at present U to the propel". 
K ties and nature of that unknown lab- 
The elective matter etfecU 




. stance. 



I the organs of scent ; its progress 
may also be arrested by certain mat- 
l ters called non-conductors, such as 
! glass, all kinds of precious stones, 
, and resinous substances. These non- 
! conductors are capable of being ex- 
■ cited, — hence are also called elec- 
trics, and are supposed to be natu- 
rally charged or loaded with a quan- 
tity of it. Metals, stones, and all 
fluid matters attract electricity, and 
are called conductors and non-elec- 
tric bodies, because they cannot be 
excited to produce it upon t'lemsel ves. 
Electric fire has been rendered visi- 
ble upon electric bodies, and spirits 
and other inflamable matters are thus 
' easily set on fire by the electric 
spark. The electrical machines, or 
galvanic batteries are so construct- 
ed as to be influenced by the power 
of that fluid, producing peculiar 
shocks. No doubt, many of our rea- 
ders have experienced the peculiar 
shocks produced by these batteries. 
In the instance of a flash of light- 
ning, the whole body unnerved and 
quivers under the influence of the 
' power of the electrical shock. — 
Every latent feeling is excited 
j to a kind of painful sensation. — 
j If a person thus electrified stands up 
on a stool with glass legs, he may be 
so filled with electrical matter, that 
sparks may be drawn from any part 
of his body by being touched by an- 
other person, and each spark will be 
attended with a crackling noise and 
painful sensation to each party. If 
spirits of wine is presented to the 
man in a metal spoon and touched 
with his finger, it will be set on lire. 
Gunpowder, or any other very infla- 
mable substance, may be kindled in 
the same manner. Some unlearned 
persons will readily conclude this an 
evil magic ; where:i«, if properly in- 
formed, would admire it as a sublime 
substance of" Nature's God," exci- 
ted by philosophical experiments. 
Had any person one hundred vears 
•go foretold the wonder* accomplish 
ed by th>' telegraph wire, he would 
have been thrust into the insane asv- 
lura to have his derange. 1 mind re 
paired. To send news thousands of 
miles in less than a minute, or with 
the speed of lightuing is produced 
by this powerful agent of nature, E 



lectricity. It is, however, in the at- 
mospherical phenomena that these 
effects are most apparent and most 
tremendous, and so much dreaded 
by mankind as to its destructive- 
ness. If rightly comprehended, we 
cannot help but greatly admire the 
sublime display of the power and 
grandeur of God. We are indebted 
to Dr. Franklin, who ascertained the 
identity of electricity and lightning 
or the sameness of electric fluid and 
lightning, of which we shall speak in 
our next. 

S. B. FURRY. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 

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tor the Companion. 
The Echo. 

As I read an article on page 61 
of Vol. 2, of the Companion, on Tem- 
perance and Tobacco, I fancied I 
could hear the echo fall back from 
the hard substance against which it 
struck, when read by the users of 
Tobacco. I feel glad to know that 
the Lord can once in a great while 
impress some of his followers to write 
or speak against so popular a sin. — 
Well may the writer say, " If king 
Alcohol has its thousadns of slaves. 
Tobacco has its tens of thousands ;" 
' and I ask, has it not its multiplied 
tens of thousands ''. Is there a fami- 
ly in our land in which there are 
not some of its votaries. I And who 
.shall be able to do the work of re- 
form against so mi 'htv multitude? 
Some claim to be temperate but still 
their influence is against a reforma- 
tion. Others acknowledge their in- 
temperance and their utter inability 
to overcome the deceitful enemy, 
and hence they make no goo 1 use of 
their influence. In ui» | f this a- 
lanning state of thing*, I feel as . 
lated a* the snow flake upon the 
wide meadow. 1 am unable to k 
those whom the Lord has committed 
t Q my care from (oil evil, in conse- 
quence of surrounding influences, — 
11 m IM1 painful tears have I .shed 
in secret, because of tOU ■ but 1 hope 
and believe in the promise that the 
Lord will yet reward Uunn openly. 

Krethren and sisters, let us awa- 
ken to lighteowftl MM »;ii :. 
aiul 1 pray you receive not this > ' 
the spirit of scujure, but m do. 



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_V it ul" love, from one who, by die will 
]' of the Lord, but lately escaped the 
Chilling haiul of death, ] crimps for 
the purpose of keeping good instruc- 
ti.iiii before my children a little Ion- J 

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In conclusion I would say, let us all ' 
work together for the glory of God. j 
and try to Lave our robes wa-hed 
and made white in the blood of the 
Lamb. 

SA11AH E. KEPNLTl. 

Worn, 111. 



as well as his children's education, *s >t has pleased the Lord to pros- 

( and sometimes their bread and per me, I feel it my duty to give to 

clothing) to the advancement of the tne support of our holy religion this 

cause of his heavenly Master, is cer- K"l. lake it and apply it to the 

tainly laying up treasures where support of yourself and family, and 

"neither moth doth corrupt, and g° on in the discharge of the duties 

where thieves do not break through °f }'°ur holy calling ; and should 

feelings of gratitude inspire your 



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LOCAL MATTERS 



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Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 20th, 1866. 

EDITOR*!* DIARY. 

For the xctck ending March 17. 

OUR MANUSCRIPT 150X. 

No. 15. In opposition to a paid 
or compensate 1 mini-try. We have 
now on file two well written articles 
upon this subject, and, while we can 
assure our readers that we have no 
sympathy with the manner in which 
ministers are hired and salaried 
among the popular sects of our day, 
yet we see no call for the severe dc- 
nouncings of that system by our 
brethren, inasmuch as no effort has 
been made to introduce it into our 
fraternity. Wc are yet a very 
great way from adopting anything of 
the kind. In fact we think we can 
get nearer the correct position upon 
the question by becoming a little 
more liberal. We fear there are 
many who admire our system (if 
system it may bo called) more from j 
the fact, that by it their religion j 
cost h them nothing, than because it 
13 in accordance with the Bible • 
teachings. This is a condition that j 
rau_?t be guarded against. 

One reasbn why wc entertain no! 
fears from the source referred to, is ! 
from the fact that our ministers gen- 
erally have taken no part in advo- 
cating a supported ministry. The i 
question, with a few excerptions, has ' 
been in proper hands, and has been I 
agitated by the very persons con- ' 
ccrned. It is not th" ministry that 
is coming short of its duty, but on 
the contrary, it is the laity. The 
faithful and devoted minister, who 
devotes his own energies and time, 



should do) brother M , I wish to 

take part in the good work in which 
vou are engaged, and as it is vour 
duty to yo and preach, and my 
jriciltye to stay at home and work, 



ened ; the angels in heaven rejoice, 
and a special blessing i3 sent from 
heaven upon the church. 

But suppose wc change the pic- 



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to the 
every 



and steal," but it is a question with 
us, whether we will permit them 

to share alone in this rich harvest, good Lord, through whom 
or whether we shall join them, in perfect gift is received. The gift 
securing the glorious inheritance. thus bestowed will of course be com 
We presume no one will object to paritive to the pecuniary abilities of 
our plau of spreading the Gospel, the man, and the moral condition of 
and aiding our preachers in doing the heart of the donor. 
so. Here it is : If a minister is Or if a brother wishes to enjoy 
well off in this world's goods, and more of the pleasure* of givio.fi to 
preaches little or perhaps not at all i the Lord, he may enclose to the 
he needs no support. If he does minister's address, such amount as 
preach and travel much, he is spend- he may feel it his duty to bestow, 
ing his own time, money, and ener- *'ith no accompaniment save a white 
gies, while his flock are "doing noth- \ sheet of paper. Oh! my dear 
iny toward the support of the Gospel brethren, imagine the reception of 
or the cause of our Master. If his 8UC h a letter, on the morning of a 
brethren desire to join him in the Constable or a Sheriff's sale at the 
good work, by way of aiding him in I house of your minister ! Hear the 
bearing the expense by contributing little ones inquire of their mother, 
to his support, he has no ri'dit to re- while their eyes glisten with tears of 
fuse them. If they do not offer to childish sorrow, " Will Paddy be 
help him, we fear we have good rea- sold ? Will they take Kosy, too?" 
*ons for doubting that he loves his The mother's heart is pierced afresh 
brother as himself. We may say by having the approaching separa- 
that those members who are in more tion fr° m their domestic pets brought 
strnitened circumstances than the the more forcibly to her remem- 
miuister, may be first excused from brance, and her tears and embraces 
joining him* in his efforts, yet the »»"e the only consolation which she 
importance of the widow'~t mite can offer to her grief-stricken child- 
should not be lost sight of. But ren. Already the neighbors and 
should it occur, as it often does, the officer have assembled. The 
that the preacher is in very limited father returns from his Post Office; 
circumstances, and perhaps has a his eyes filled with tears— but not 
large family to maintain, and many of sorrow ; his step is firm, and his 
calis,aud consequently is obliged to voice is clear, as he requests his 
lose much time, and spend more or wife to accompany him to his private 
less money, then we consider an im- room. Here the secret is revealed. 
peritive duty for all to lend a help- and if gratitude can exist in mortal 
ing hand. "This mav be done in hearts, its effects are manifested in 
more wavs than one. " For instance, those bended knees, tearful eyes, 
if the brother has a call, and he and trembling voices. The property 
feeis himself unable to fill it, either is saved, the children are made hap- 
for want of time, or other reasons, py, the minister's hand— his voice— 
his more favored brother may say his 60ul — his whole moral, mental, 
to him, (and when he says, he and physical existence is strength- 



and thereby accumulate money, and ture, which, althougu it may not be ( 



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so pleasant to view, is perhaps more 
frequently witnessed. 

The father returns without hope 
of redeeming his property. With 
a heart devoted to the service of his 
Master, he submits to his fate with 
as much Christian cheerfulness as he 
can command, while his wife and 
children hide their faces from the 
painful scene. Going! going! gone! 
is pronounced ! The execution is 
.satisfied, the debt is liquidated, the 
neighbors disperse, and with them 
goes the suprort of the family. The 
minister retires to his house, and — 
the reader may accompany him if he 
wishes ; we have wept enough. 

Now let us take a view of Church. 
Two miles from the preacher's house 

lives brother L . He owns a 

large and valuable farm, with all 
the conveniences that he could 
wish. He has an interest in the 
village Store, and perhaps in yonder 
Grist Mill. His children arc happy 
and cheerful now ; but less than a 
year ago they had been afflicted. — 
A daughter was taken with the 
fever, and the minister was sent for. 
He prayed, wept, and waked with 
them. She died. Again the preach- 
er was called, and he prayed, 
preached, and wept for them. Time 
passed on. The house of mourning 
is put in order for the marriage of 
an elder daughter. Once more the 
minister is called, a day is spent, 
his business neglected, and he is' in- 
volved. Without thanks, except 
perhaps in a false utterance of 
words, he returns home to find I 
similar invitation for the next dav. 
* * * * It is 

evening, and John returns from the 

village. '-Father, preacher A 's 

horse and cows, and some other 
tilings are to be sold to-morrow, at 
Constable's sale.' "Yes, I heard 
something about it the other dav. 
I don't think he RiMSgM verv well, 
or ho would not get to much be- 






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man to enter the kingdom of hea- they think they are too poor at the 

ven," and that it is right, and present to do so." 

Christian like, and just, that we The money has been forwarded to * } 

should afford God's ministers a liv- brother Daniel P. Sayler, Double 

ing, decent, honorable, and coinfor- Pipe Creek, Md., who is the proper 

table support, when they cannot do person to receive all contributions 

it themselves, then let him view the for the needy in the South, whether 

scenes which we have described again, 

and couple his investigations with the 

reading of the Word of God, and 

prayer for divine grace, for there 

evidently is Something wanting to 

his soul 

No. 16. A letter dated St. Al- 



in Virginia or Tennessee. 

COBRESrOXDEXtE. 



Brother HoUinyer : — The report 
of my return trip from Iowa, has not 
yet appeared in the "Companion." 
I therefore conclude it never reach- 
bins, 111., March 11th, 1806, and ed you. I therefore write again. — 
signed "A Brother," of which we In the first place, I remark, that in 
give the following quotation : u En- condensing the first article of my re- 
closed I send five dollars contributed port, you say after parting with the 
by our brethren here for the benefit family of brother J. S. Snyder, we 
of distressed and needy brethren in had meeting in the afternoon at a 
the South. This small amount is in- school-house near, this mear.s ntar 
tended for the brethren in Tenn. I brother Snyder's ; but the bet is, 
was not sure in my own mind, the meeting was some 15 miles from 
whether it should be directed or b: other b's., aud as I wrot), near 
sent to brother Wrightsman or not; brother H. Bender's. I kit Iowa 
so I thought best to send it to you on the 20th of Jan. ; we held a num- 
and request you to send it to the ber of meetings in Iowa, (but some 
proper agent, for the benefit of those brethren object to our stating the 
most in need of it. number, lest we be thought to be 
Dear brother, we are but few in boasting.) enjeytd our visit much, 
number here, and far from being in Ha 1 a prosperous journey by the 
independent ciicumstanecs. We will of God ; and arrived at home in 
are sorry we are not able to do more the evening of the olst of Januarv. 
for our distressed brethren in the Found the family all well. Thanks 
South; but I desire through the to God for his mercy. Many thanks 
C o mpanion to make a proposition to the kind brethren and friends 
to the brethren North, similar to the whose kindness wo shared, 
proposition a brother makes to raise I expect to make Iowa my future 
the money for the elder brother — home if the Lord wills, 1 Mae rec- 
Let some one in every church (if the ommend t » brethren moving West to 
Elder is backwarl some one else can go and see Poweshiek Co., Iowa, be- 
do it) take hold of the matter and fore settling elsewhere. 1 think it 
inform the brethren of the distressed is a good country, good soil, and good 
condition of the brethren South, and society. 



tell them what i-- their duty towards 
them, and by so doing they can he 
relieved, and the brethren that con- 
tribut- to their relief will not be dis- 
tressed, nor burdened thereby. Al- 
most everv brother can give one 
lobar, and it will not bur: him. and 



Yours as ever. 
Hilhl»ro % Pa. 



JOHN WISE, 



lend 



the 



Brotket tlolnmger : -1 desire to 

make a .•>:. .inatlon in regard 

lo brother D. 1', ?->ayler's remarks 

hind-hand." "But father, couldn't | there aro many brethren that could apon abm dttdl. 1 understand bin) 

to refer to the brother's appeal and 
my remarks upon the »niue sub- 
Pear brother, I am well pleased with i«vt in Vol. J. No 7, srttfM he says 
the Q mp m wU w; I would to God it "» Y». lo. MM Vol., that "it will 
could \i>it everv familv in the broth- »'>t io lor some of the br 
crhood. I have rcq-.. | ::,.• of e-.nvnd that by »•> doing M NS*i i r 

our brethren here to take it, bat li " K" ' ll among the people Ate." He \ 



tOD tile 

i^ht, John, 
never get it 



ITS lend him some money | 
execution ?" '• We mi 
but wo would likely 
again. 

Now let the curtain drop, and if 
my rhri.stian brother canaol 
wny it is that it is " hard for a rich 



give ten or twenty, and not deprive 
themselves of one comfoit of life. — 



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then concludes, "we mu t Ml luy IL.vle informs me that the contribu- 1 Home.— Withdraw thy foot from 
MBben, «." Where does broth- tors wish to know why it was not thy neighbor's house ;" lest he be 
er Savler receive such an inference then reported, &c. lii reply I will j wearv of thee, and so hato thee.— 
from mir remarks? Or, why does say the reason is this: Brother j Prov". 25 : 17. 

he misrepresent them to convey an JJ.iyle informed me a few days pre- As a bird that wandereth from her 

vious to receiving it, and by brother nest, so is a man that wandereth 
Stnner at the time he paid it to me, \ from his place. Prov. 27 : 8. 
that the church would do wore, and 1 — ■*-•• — 



idea of bribery into church member- 
ship? The language plainly signi- 
fies a relief in temporal wants: >u< h 
as relieving the destitute poor in 
procuring them food and raiment. 
To support our remarks in relieving 
our enemies ; sec Paul's instructions 
to the Roman brethren ; — "If thine 
enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst 
give him drink." Also, "over- 
come evil with good." What does 



cnura 
1 having reported more money than 
I had orders from the brethren 
South to forward, I retained it, but 
receiving no more I now report it. 
Yours in love, 

D. P. SAYLER, Receiver. 
Double Pipe Creek, Md. 
P. S. Some brethren have writ- 



the Savior's injunction signify^ when | ten to me wish ing the Editors of the 



]'i»itor and of the Companion to 
publish my address more fully, so 
that the writers could address more 
correctly &c. In reply I will say 
Double Pipe Creek, Md., is the 



he said, " Make to yourselves friends 
of the mammon of unrighteousness ; 
that, when ye fail, they may receive 
you into everlasting habitations ?" 

We believe, though a Paul plant- 
ed and anApollos watereth, that p roper address. The office 
God giveth the increase. | time ia on the Carroll Co 8ide of 

Duty prompts me to give this ex- ] the creek? while the P M lires 
planati'in. 

S. B. FURRY. 

Xew Enterprise, Pa. 



Third Report of( har i I j Fund A <■. 

Brother Hohinger : — Please pub- 
lish the following, 3rd report of con- 
tributions recsived and distributed : 

Total amount received and reported Vol. 1, ] 
page S91 Companion, 2nd report, $3633,53 

Total amount distributed 
2nd report, 13464.00 

Additional receipts. 

Eld. Peter Long, Perry th. Pa. 36.50 

Klder Peter Oettel, Little 
8wata-a. Pa. 168.00 

Elder 7'hilip Boyle, Pipe. 

Creek, Md. 100.00 

Elder Jacob LongenecUer, 

New Enterprise, 75.00 

Wm. Robrn»on, New Ger- 
many. VI. 25.00 

Elder Jacob Mohler, Dry 
Vaflcy rhurch, Pa. 37.00 

Contra. By actual cxpeneea 
point; 10 times to express 
office. 16 miles and return, 
and express eharges, 16.50 

By express to P. K. Wrights- 
tnan, Tenn. 194.53 

By express to Solomon Gar- 
bcr, Va. 400.00 



on 
the Frederick county side, and as 
there is no other Post Office by the 
above name in the United States, a 
letter addressed as above, can go to 
no other office. D. P. S. 



MISCELLANEOU S. 

For th< Companion. 
The Winter's Sun. 

How brightly beams the winter's 6un, 

Falling aslant the moor, 
Resting its golden streams of light, 

Upon the poor man's floor. 

And kindly on the widow's hearth, 
Smile now its beams of li:rl,t. 

Gladdening the hearts of all within, 
By its pure radiance bright. 

Joy of the traveler weary, 

Art thou at close of day, 
Lingering on the snowy path, 

To guide him on bis way. 

A blessing thou to rich and poor, 

And at thy happy shrine. 
We thank our Maker Gratefully, 
For his own gift divine. 

J. 8. GITT. 
AVw Oxford, Pa. 



Whatsoever things are true, 
Whatsoever tilings are honest, 
Whatsoever things are just, 
Whatsoever things are pure, 
Whatsoever things are lovely — 
Think on these things. Phil. 4 : 8. 

To-day is ouvs, yesterday is forev- 
er gone, to-morrow may not come to 
us. 



Time is most precious of all things, 
vet how awfully is it trifled vrith. 



Zealously plead for God, spread 
truth, and mortify sin ;and thus prove 
that you belong to that peculiar peo- 
ple who are zealous of good works. 



List oi money* received, for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

Hannah Whistler, Shiremanstown, Pa. 

Adam Simmon, Fletcher, O. 

Andrew 'WiUon, MeElvevs Fort, Pa. 

Moses Miller, Mechaniesbnrg, Pa. 

Powel Porter, Sinking Spring, (J. 

J. H. Gannan, " 

Jacob Honsaker, Gomer, O. 

John H. S. Keller, Big Spring, Pa. 

David Snaveley, " 

Joshua Black, " 

Marv C. Stephens, " 

John T. Lewis, Almira, N. Y. 

John A. Smith, Greensburg, O. 

Manaseb Holl, New Berlin, O. 

Hannah Stover, Seippaekville, Pa. 

Abraham I. Eller, Salem, Va. 

Win. Hartz/er, Chili, Did. 

John U. Slnig'ul!'. Eaglfvilie, Pa. 

Andrew Carney, Uaklond, Pa. 

Christian Hess, Ashland, Ohio, 

The following have paid 50 cents balance 
on subscription : Jacob Highberger, Daniel 
Wolf, Tbub. Welty, Maggie Sbamall, Lizzie 
Eminert, KIlie A. Lont;, Kate A. Reiehard, 
Julia Reichard, Catharine Reiehard, Mollie A. 
Thrasher, Sarah K. Rohrcr, Lizzie Flora, 
Katie Eminert, Elite Reiehard, 



.75 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 

.95 
1.00 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 

.75 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 
1.50 



M \ I I AXD FEMALE ACADEMY. 

Elderton, Armstrong Co., Pa. 



Ami. in 1st report forward 



$40T. r >.03 $4075.03 ' 
.1714.15 3714.15 i 



The summer session will open on Monday, 
April 30, 186»>. A line new building has been 
eret ted ; competent assistants are secured ; 



You will .observe the $100. above 
from the Pipe Creek church was re- 
ceived on the 4th of October, and 
consequently was on hand at the 
time of my 2nd report, and as Elder 



Agur's Prayer. — Remove far 
from me vanity and lies; give me 

neither poverty nor riches ', feed me | good library will be provide* ; boarding had 

with food convenient for me • lest I i °? club or P» Tatc families. The Trustees 
vMtti ood convenient lor me . lest i wU1 no expeMe makinp this < 

• •«»»■»»•" -»■" | be full, and deny thee, and say, who class academy, Their are four churches in 



is the Lord ? or lest I be poor and 
steal, and take the name of mv God 
in vain. Prov. 30 : 8, 9. 

Patience conquers all. 



or near the village, viz : German Baptist, 
Methodist. O. s. Presbyterian, and United 
Presbyterian ; and parents can Imtc their chil- 
dren under care of families connected with 
anv one of these churches. 

Address REV. BYRON PORTER, 

i* iip. Tin tendent. 




,) dlltratimt ^amilij Companion/I' 

BY H. R. HOLSINGER. " Whosoerar lovctfa mf kecpcth m.r loinmandmentB. - ' — Jun, At $1 50 Per Annum. 



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VOLUME II. 



TYKONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 1866. 



Number 13. 



Vcrnr: B> John Btuij an. 

fib thai i« down, need* fear no fall \ 

II ill it i<- Low, no pride : 
II: that i« bumbl •. ever shall 

y/~n • Go 1 to be liis guide. 

«-•->! <J i' i» Maxim. 

A S.tbb.iib well sucni brln 
T-'ni . 
And atrenghth for the loiU of inn morrow ; 
Bui a Sabbath profaned, whataoevar bo 
gainad, 
U .1 certain t'oi'THinf*r of sorrow. 

for //"• Companion. 
" Let all thins?* l»e «lonc dccentlj 
and in order." 1 < or. 14: 40. 

Order, it is said, is heaven's first 
law. Let us refer to the account 
given us of creation, and examine 
the work, and we will find that per- 
fect order prevailed. First, from 
the chaotic mass, the Heht was 



bower*, or pereheJ on the life-im- they are then commanded that for 
pairing trees of Eden." Much the relief of the wants of the broth- 
beauty in the schemes of the Al- \ rca at Jerusalem, that as he had 
mighty i.s the symstry of the parts . given orders tj the churches of Gal- 
making so much harmony as in the ' atia, even so should thev do, and 
Was' 'complete, that '"' The "morning weel let every olio of you'' lay fly In 
' I igcthcr, and all the sons ' store as God hath prospered him. 
uted for joy." Let us that there he no gathering w ten I 
look upon the countless orb* rolling . come." 
| in harmony through the heavei Brethren could we have a batter 

each in its appointed orbit. No jar- model than this, and would there 
j ring, no discord nor confusion. not be some order abml it. It need 

"A million toshes lighted bv thv not be done publicly, each family 
hand, wander unwearied through can have its private box, and M the 
blue abyss. They own thy now- Lord hath prospered them during 
accomplish thy ' command, all the proceeding week lay by for ehar- 

■ at best 



p r, 



gay with life, all eloquent with bliss. | itablo purposes, as we are 

What shall we call them? Piles of I only the steward-, el God. 
brought from the darkness, and the erystal light ! Lamps of Celestial . We have travelling brethren >isi- 
eremnjj and the morning were the ether burning bright ? Buns li rlit- Una us in the different branches, 



with their joyous 



and some of these cannot afford to 



first day. Secondly. The water, mg system* 

above the firmament were separated beam- V *»*" and preach without, at least, 

from those below, and the evenine i Men have studied the face of the | having their expenses borne. 




B0 in religious life what' would be- thought! *• 

An instance: in — - enurcn 
Bos of our prominent ininisiering 
brethren was once visiting, and a 



of the fold without a shepherd "f 
Grievous woWes might enter and 

•y, and put to flight the greater 
part. 



were filled with the finny tribe, and 
tii-- G I with 

t!i • aotea of the richly plum 'd song- 
iters, and the evening and the morn- 
ing were She fifth day. Again, the 
mandate wen< forth and the vail 

teemed with anlmatad life. La Uy. b.tv order as in I die age: 

Man. the c inn «cting link between and ai our ' 
heaven and earth, was en ^^CSS "ave\ teU hnn to go and , 

No* iurel\ this meal hate weee 



'■ u l' 
leapj-w. One 
brother, when appealed t ■. »id, 

,thor -'S band-, and UoV ti 

1 have worki wbal 



at 



the evenin 5 and the mow. ■ '■> hearing 

... ,|, the 11th chapl r of the first letter to 

Man stanus at the head of erea- that church read, and such things as ded brother 

Hon, 1 little lower than the angels, could no longer ro nnr .buked. Paul II .- n«x| e A ■ all t 

and crowned with glory and I r. wrote cf and c «• *'*£ » ' ' • J" 

, ,.,. farme . what would iKiow 01 

In the lfith chapter the mind ? It n< rould train 

It! and 2nd veNCS . M «"<"d * ■*• * M P* 






"What scenes of boautj 
1 folded to 'lie heavenly visitant* 
/ thev li 



I 



itted through the amaranthine 



when 1 come." 
ol iam< ■■; i*tle, 



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i i 11 .1 .1 i „„ ,■ (i.hI in Look a moment at thi* picture 
.;„,. overgrown with "fid rubbi.!.. • him how .Welhth tl,: 1-c o. Uod u. .^op ^ jo f inspiration. 




of mir abundance m'nwtei t> tin- 
It • .,■!• i,. tbe record tor 
■U. Tor Jig in Kansas several year- 
« ,, 1 1., ■ n.d.lv.did the brethren 

Bvmpsthi ilist.d forthose of the 

ith. 

a Ml 
plu> fund of nearly a thou 



w //.. 



: is love exulting. It U love aware of 

itd felicit; , aud luxuriating m'rich- 

[Tbe followiiiis u au extract from es it has no feaT of exhausting. It 

V - »• -».i.« Uvm. takia" a look at its treasure*, 

I it rarv Soeiety, of the baptist Fe- :,ml m rounumg itseii, to miss imn- 

, ' * ,, ,. ., ,,•, I oul foieboding, 

• tie Inst -tut-'. I<> K *?. II olhday. ,, i t. • l 

We fiml T.ow tlmt thnv k s ra.'- , , f . , , i^ar* w love reposing. It u love 

san I d.»l- 0ur correspondent has furnished us on t!u . ,,.. ( . t . a ^furcs a:; ,i besidirthe 

|,,. \ith that J art of tLd address." which j still waters. It is the calm of the 



del ■ : 

nUnion or I he B*aatlfftal. 



lar<. ni i the intention &cenw to 

what -hall v.-.- do with it. There i- relates I i Physical ami Intellectual uouacieuce whcuiaitusees theatone- 

bowei r a diswpwuey that 1 cannot beauty also, but we insert only that " lCUt «**m*i a1 " 1 °« a « the •»»«• 

.,!(•: -ther reconcile. In <^*/w»M which relates to Moral or Spiritual j of I lir ' lo »- . 

ind a letter . Lejuy-suyenny. ihisislove en- 

Beauty. EDITOR. during. It is patience under provo- 

But there is a higher style of cation, 
beauty than either the j hysical or Gentleness is love in society. It 
intellectual : It it moral beauty. — ; is love holding intercourse with those 
Some one has said it. and the thought around it. It is that cordiality of 
is worth repeating, — " Goodness is respect, and that soul of speech, 
live no further need i bea " ( i/ in *• be,it ett ¥ <•" Moral i which assure us that kind and ear- 
of help, and that nothing has been ! beaut . v relates exclusively to persons,, nest hearts may still be met with in 



ion of Peb. 20th we find 

from Washington Co.. Tenn., depie- 
trair, in sad terms, the destitution 
th... re. 

In Corupamon of March 6th we 
have a letter trom brother I). P. 
Savler statins that the brethren in 



and not to things. No regularity of. this world. It 



paid out since November. 1865. ana not to tmngs. i>o regularity oi . uus worm, « is that quiet ii.flu- 

ii. . ' j „_,i.._ wu I features- nor symmetry ot form; no ence, which, like the scented name 

have we been sending money with- s pi'igntiincss of intellect, nor depth j ot an alabaster lamp, fills many a 
out forming some estimate "of the ! °* culture, — can supersede the ne- j home with light, and warmth, and fra- 
numbcr of brethren in destitution, ' cessity of goodness, nor atone for | grancc, altogether. It ia the car- 
and some idea of th? amount needed, the want of it. j pet, soft and rich, which, while it 

Like many innovations that we ^°. a uas placed true excellence, j diffuses an air of comfort, deadens 
sometime* attempt, we lack system. ' not 1° mental, but in moral worth, many a harsh sound. It is the pil- 
We go to work so awkwardly that and man should seek it there. j low on which sickness lays its head, 

the design of what we began is de- i Moral beauty, in its highest state, | and forgets half its misery, and to 
feat'-l. and our " old brethren" be- ' s & e conformity of our lives to the ; which even death comes in a balmier 
eome disgusted with new things, 'tad I will of God. The gospel inculcates dream. It is considerateness of 
aro therefore so opposed to any a morality so pure that hoik- can ; feeling. It is warmth of affection. 
change. * I fault it. It enjoins whatsoever thing* It is promptitude of sympathy. It 

Hut now since we have contribu- arc trim, whatsoever things are hon- ; is love in all its depth ami in all its 
ted more than will auppiy our own est, whatsoever thmgs are just, what delicacy. 

immediate wants, in the name of hu .soever things are pure, whatsoever Gamine** is love in action. It is 
inanity will we let it lie, as if it were ! things are lovely, whatsoever things j love visiting sick, feeding the hun- 
buried in a napkin, while our fel- that are of zood report, thereby in- gry, clothing the naked, and instruct- 
fow beings perish from want. Let ; eluding all that is good in every oth- ing the ignorant. 
us by all means use it, so that when er System, ami rejecting all that u Faith is love on the battle-field.— 
the master comes he may receive his defective. It professes to secure j It is fidelity to principle and duty, 
own with usnrv. man's highest good in both worlds, ' It is zeal holding fast the form of 

John in his 1st ••] i*t!o, :'»rd chap- andhavingthe promise of the life that I sound words. It is firmness mareh- 
f t, 17th verse Bav»: u Whoso S** *?» *"" °^ ^** which is to come. ] ing through fire and through water, 
s hath tlila world' . aud sei 

. ho brother have need and shutteth 
A: up his bowels of OompassJQSJ from Meehnfff, Temj > r-mce. It is Mary at the Master's feet. (^N^ 



Its cluster of personal graces in- to the post where duty calls and the 
eludes Love, </"//, Peace. L<aiy-wf- Captaii' waits, 
teth feting, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith Meekness is christian lowliness, n * 









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Ttmj ( ninre is love practising self- 
denial. It is love enduring hardness. 
It is love with girt loins, and dusty 
feet, and blistered hands. But it is 
love gaining the masterv in all 

DO m 

things. 

Is there not a Moral beauty in 
such a character as is here portrav- 
ed? 

An v system of education which 
fai s to inculcate the highest and 
purest morality, is, in just so much, 
defective. And while there is utili- 
ty in the existence, and in the study 
of physical and intellectual beautv, 

*uJ t J;., i U i 6 i ..i ■ — M ' — 

beautv. The culture of moral beau- 
tv brings the soul up into fellowship 
and harmony with Cod; and opens 
up a perennial fountain of joy in the 
human heart. 

The creat commission of life is to 
do good^ A life without usefulness 
ia a life of deformity. There are 
doors of usefulness right before us, 
and we arc never wanting in oppor- 
tunities to do good. The field is the 
world, and it needs the culture of 
earnest hearts and dilligent hands. 

"Self-ea»e l« pain ; tliy only rest 

I * labor for a worthy end. 
A toil tbat crows with what it yield*, 

And scatter* to its own tocrcaae i 
And bean, while gowiu£ outward iMds, 

The harvest son-; of inward peat-." 

Many are in«ctivo i"»o« u3 « *Vn»y 
cannot do some great thing, forget- 
ting that life i> mule lip of little 
things. 

-What if t Vi ■ ■ Uttlt iiin ibOOll) »»>' 

rio uunll a drop H I 
Can neVr afresh thMfl thirty fl.iu, 

I'll tarry iu tlie •>!.} <" 
" Wh it if a ringfa h am •>!' 1100:1 

Ibould in ii« .num. on iUTi 
I; hi-- Ui t- ■ I'll- UgM «'. 
: i .,1 neau .■ dajr P" 

'•D.iih not '-'i.h devOrop help to form 

Til'- cool, refreshing hhower, 

Anl ererj ray <>f liicht to « im, 

And beautify the flower !" 

It is so iu the moral world. 

"Little acta of kladneaa, 

l.ittl ■ I • "di. of lore. 

Would Make thin world an Eden, 
Like to that al.ov.-." 

In conclusion, voting ladies, while 

eultivating a love of tin- beautiful in 

nature and in art, may you oherish 

thai true moral beautv. that purity 

of mind and heart whioh will ia 
yj vour own approbation, Mid aha ap- 
- probation of toe "Hat slid good ■*•■ 



' ry where; and may you at last go up 
to dwell iu the brighter worlds above. 
But, in the meantime, remember that 
you have a mission to this lower 

: world ; that it is yours to increase its 
moral beauty ; that it is yours not 
only to ado;n it with your personal 
charms, and cheer it with your unties, 

j but t ) elevate it by the usefulness of 
your lives and the purity of your 
characters. 

ri. L. FUNDEitbTftC. 
ffttatimjtan, Ind. 

J .»:,. the Period iculN. 

i> .I w ...I 

periodirah \ the advantage, the, 

knowledge that may be gained from 
them, is immense. Take them, read 
them. Ittore up the knowledge, they 

; impart, that mtv be useful. 

Useful knowledge ma) be derived 

j from almost every page, yea: knowl- 

; edge useful both for your temporal \ 
and spiritual want-. It i- not niy ; 

I pu pose, in this brief notice, to speak | 

1 on things spiritual, and therefore, I J 
will come direct to the inoMtente 
which suggested these remarks to 

; my mind. 

Two days ago I obtained informa- ; 

J tion, by reading^ that there were; 
two letters at our Post Office not 
called for. and from certain knowl- 

>,<;. I 1...1 ..t'tl. • i.artiafl Cat whom i 
they were intended, I was convinced ; 
that they were at the wrong office ; 
iol w tit to the 1\ O. and found 
that one was from Lagrange, In I.. 

directed to Goorge Uelman, Indi- 
ana, Indiana Co., Pa. Nov. this 
letter aould have been all right si* 
months ag.>, if hid correspondent 
would nave b ten ■ regular reader of 
the CWivanton, he might have gaih- ; 
,r-l from it, Vol. 2, Pape 81, that 
was probably writing to the 
nig poat Office. The other letter 
wa- originally directed, James Quiu- 
ler, In Liana, Indiana Co., Ohio. 
Ohio was aftorwarda erased &ml l'a. 
itituted. No* bow broth -r Quitv 

tar's I/mark, 111.. C If asp ".lent 

id bars fallen into this error, 1 

eaiui.it explain. I directed OUT 

Post Master who, by the any, » 
rerj aoeommodating, to srn I ft 
Letton to, ahat 1 thought to be their 
proper destination, sno I li !"' ;i11 ,-; 



right ; will brother Helmcn and 
brother Quinter {.lease inform me 
whether I was right, and if the let- 
ters in question were not intended 
for them, they would better send 
them to the writers respectively. 

A few weeks ago a beloved "broth- 
er called on me to draw up an in- 
strument of writing, between him 
and a neighbor, granting his neigh- 
bor privilege for a road over the 
brother's laud ; this would haw- come 
under the head of conveyancing, 
and under existing laws I was com- 
pelled to decline. The brother ask- 
formation that l Was'iroi qiOuiucu^nu 
accommodate them. I told him. 
from the Alnuuun'! Yes, from the 
almanac I learned that conveyances 
mnwn pay license : an almanac, too, 
that any one can get gratis at near- 
ly all our drug stores. 

About a year ago I r.'ad a small 
e.\t -act in the Family Companion, 
relative to recording drrdt. That 
small article might have been a ben- 
efit l) a >:reat manv brethren, and I 
think a reprint of the same would be 
justifiable. Many other things use- 
ful to know mieht be inserted in our 
papers and read with benefit. 

Brethren, do not think that I am 
uririno- on vour notice thing* that 

il.t n.it e.oiieerti vr»n Jon wish to 

lead an honest, peaceable lite : rnen 
qualify yo u r s e lv es for it. Ignorance 
of the "laws of health can not be 
pleaded in expiation of your offence 
when you break them. Ignorance 

of the laws of God is no excuse, or 

at..>!i incut for their violation. 
ignoraaOS of the laws of vour coun- 
try will not excuse vou, under any 
eirvumstance. in violating tlieni. 

I had ahnovt said it is a sin. in 
these days, to be ignorant of I 
things. ' Now. dear Editors, grre 
us all the instruction you can, !i 
useful knowledge; and, brethren, 
read, thai you may be • 
wi-e unto «al\ation, and forget not 
thai wisdom and knowledge -ire con- 
venient. 1 would alao suggest for 

i« and giR>d reasons that 
reason aV Wl their full name 

and addi • ere is mine. 

JOSEPH HOLSOPPLE. 
Indiana, !'<>. 



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VArvirlcltj i. 'onrliiflcd. 
\ , said in niir former article, we 
arc indebted to Dr. Franklin for the 
ditenvery of the identity oT electric 
fluid and lightning. But, before we 
proceed any farther in giving his 
■OCCCSsfuI expo; inients, we shall trv 
to enforce the truth upon the minds 
of our readers, that to examine this 
subject and write upon it, is nothing 
more than an investigation of the 
power, wisdom, benevolonco, and su- 



pointed objects when a thunder cloud (* 
is passing near the earth. If in the H ' 

avoid riv- V > 



perintending providence of the Al- his kite up into a thunder cloud. 



subject, we air informed that after 
much thought upon the subject of 

li ghtning , Dr. Franklin determined 4 open air, during a storm, 
to try whether it was possible to Srt, pools, and every mass of water, 
bring 'the lightning-' down from the I because water being an excellent 
heavens. A thought at owe dating j conductor, might determine the 
and nthtimel With this view he | course of an electrical discharge- 
constructed a large kite of strong | All high trees, or elevated objects 
materials with a pointed wire attach- j should be avoided. But if in an 
sd to it in order to attract the elec- open plain without any elevated ob- 
trical matter. He was impatient to LjeeU, an individual may become an 
trv his experiment, and accordingly j object of attraction, when it would 
upon the first opportunity he sent \ be safest to approach within thirty 



! or forty yards of an object of attrac- 

as to be se- 




li\ roe revelation. Is it p )ssible that j pen string, that part ho held'in his j duetors. The safest place i 

1 contemplate | hand bung si,k, a substance of re- house is near the middle of the room, 
pulsion, in order that the electric flu- if no metallic substance is hanging 
id might stop. At this key he- char- I from the ceiling. Should such be 
ged vials, with wnich he kindled spir- J the case, it should be removed at 
its, and performed all the common 1 once. By placing a chair upon a 
electrical experiments. Thus it is mattress or bed, is considered the 
evident that a superfluous mass of most secure precaution. A cellar 
electrical matter accumulates in those ' would be the most secure place of 



the admirable and ast wishing dis 
plays of divine perfection and mu- 
nificence, throughout every part of 
creation, and not be excited to the 
exercise of love, gratitude, and rev- 
erential adoration ? Such feelings 
and emotions lie at the foundation of 
all true religion. It was doubtless 
for this end, among others, that the 
Almighty opened to our view such 
magnificent spectacles as the uni- 
verse displays, and bestows upon us 
taculties cannlm* p? ■"»-.. ^t ;.,...;.*., :». 
structures and phenomena, that we 
might acquire, from the contempla- 
tion ui'n. enlarged conceptions of 
the attributes of his nature, and the 
arrangements of his providence, and 
be excited to "give unto him the »h> 
r.v due to his name." Then, let our 
mimls lis.- ••i'r.iu nature up to na- 
ture's God," and con dder that hea- , 
Ven and earth obey his laws. The 
primary cause! and effects must al- 
ways be attril Jehovak, while 
the secondary causes and effects may 
fctribntod to the ingenu'ty of 
man by the permission ol that Jeho- 
vah. From him we 
istence, — on 



immense acres of clouds, causing 
those terrible convulsions of nature, 
which are attended with such tre- 
mendous effects; We see in this the 
wonderful displays of the power and 

S 1 - L ' '•- r-- ■ - 1 .«->!. Ills 

laws are unchangeable: hence, when 
two elouds approach each other not 
equally charged with electricity, a 
discharge and explosion will ensue 
from the cloud charged plus into the 
cloud charged minus. Such light- 
nings are never attended with de- 
structions upon the earth, because 
the discharge of the electric fluid 

p.ns.s out one 'loud int? another. But I tempestuous storms 
if a cloud highly charg -1 with eloetri- ,' ers the building with a close cover 
city is attracted by the earth charged | ing, to shelter the interior from the 
with 



retreat, if no returning stroke should 
occur. This, however, is a rare oc- 
currence. These precautions are of 
the few, and easy to be recollected 
and put in practice. It is not our 
'■•■i. ..lion 10 enforce the idea ot ex- 
pediency in erecting lightning rods, 
but we would feel happy, if we could 
correct the erroneous opinions enter- 
tained of them, and bring about a 
reconciliation of opinions. If a bro- 
ther erects a building, he secures a 
solid foundation and makes use of 
strong materials, in order to with- 
stand the undermining frosts and 
lie then cov- 
1 a close 



minus electricity, a shaft of drenching rain, 
bghtningwill descend upon the earth 
attended with a terrible crash, and 
derive our ex- 1 not unfre.pientlv with destruction to 
him we depend ewri the object it -trike*. 
moment lor life, and breath, and ,Yi A considerable number of acci- 
tn.ngs Our bappwess or misery is dents can be prevented bv observing 
hi his hands, and our stomal destt. the following facts and precautions! 

ny ■ is ba 6 „d upon our acceptation OT tha* lightning is attracted bv trees, 

re.,, t.onof Caith and ohed.eme to watof, iwristure, flame, and all kind 

his d.v.ne revelation and will. Bui of metallic substances 

to return again more closely to our most disposed to strike 



SlloW, 



-that 

high 



it is 
and 



and hail. — 
This is what we call a wise man 
building his house upon a rock. And 
indeed the Savior said so hiuuelf. — 
! Through the peculiar agency of the 
Almighty, all these things are bro't 
about as well as the ignition and ex- 
plosion of electricity. A tempest is 
air put in motion by rushing into a 
minus density of space, out of a plus 
density of space; yet, how easily r 
could the Almighty send so violent a\ 



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a t _■ n 1 1 • « • - 1 as to level the strong build- 
in _' ! Rain is a condensation of wa- 
teg in tin- clouds drawu by the at- 
traction of gravitation ; vet how ea- 
sily 'li'l the Almighty flood the laud 
ami drown the antediluvian world ! 
We might, in like manner, mention 
manv other astonish n» wonders of 
nature ; but to God be elory and 
honor for calling them into existence. 
When a contagious disease is raging 
all the precautions arc observed, and 
all the remedies are made use of to 
save life ; yet. it" God would see pro- 
per to take us from tin- stage of ac- 
tion, all human skill could not frus- 
trate his designs. If a man erect; 
lightning rods to protect his life and 
property from that destructive fluid, 
electricity; God might still send a 
shaft of lightning for a special pur- 
pose and destroy his lii'e and burn 
his property. Likewise a man may 
be vaccinate 1, an I notwithstanding 
God might still Bend him that loath- 
some disc-ase, small pox. In consid- 
eration of all these thin 's, and manv 
inoic not mentioned, there is no 
greater inconsistency in erecting 
lightning rods, than availing our- 
selves of other means and inventions 
to preserve lives and property. God 
never will introduce an element he 
cannot control, and thanks be to 
him that he bus empowered man to 
prevent, in a measure, the destruet- 
iveness of some of these elements of 
nature. 

s. B. FURRY. 

Xiw Kn'tr/ ri*r. J'a. 

I ,r !'.■ i '.inijruniUfl. 
Tf1«BH I— llll ttixl < iinsl l.imt} . 

Tii- benefits wrought bv the tem- 
perance enterprise, and attendant 

uu every step of its genuine |>r ' 

. .i ■• far more various, ai well 
as numerous, than appear on I u 
perflciol inspection; All the virtues 
have a radical and olose alliuitv, 
and the conscientious, habitual prac- 
tice of any linghl \i tue is well ni^h 
incompatible with the Met practice' 
of any one i ice. 

Now could our ondeavors avail to 
banish from tli • world iiitcinp.T.u 

what bonndlen gratitude 
would be thoir due for tkit •< rstVi 
uir.-.'li/ "' For la exterminating 



this — itself a monster evil- -a throng 
is extirpated of evils flowing directly 
from it. And, te pass from the neg- 
ative to the positive aspect of the 
by the firm establishment a- 
liiiiK'' men of a virtue so high and 
noble as temperance, you lead th % 
way by the moat imperceptible an I 
easy of transitions, to the ] racti :e 
of a host of virtues besides. For 
the self-control, which is ade mate 
to tho requirements of this case, is 
not likely to prove insufficient else- 
where. Nor should we leave out of 
view certain phenomena, which are 
observed to accompany the temper- 
ance enterprise in its progress. It 
is an enterprise, which from its na- 
ture is calculated to unite in its 
prosecution, persons of all varying 
shades of opinion o i ev,ry subject. 
For probably not an individual can 
bfi found on earth — even the liquor 
vender, or the inebriate himself 
who is eon$eientioH$la hostile to the 
complete extirpation of intemper- 
ance from among mankind. It 
were not easy naming a single en- 
terprise beside, be it what it may, of 
which the same could be said. 

Accordingly you may witness la 
boring zealously together in the 
temperance ranks, those of the most 
dissimilar, and even hoHite beliefs 
and sentiment-. And so working 
in concert at the instigation of the 
same noble and beneficent impulse, 
and sharing in a common rejoicing 
at the same Messed triumphs, the v 
dan scarcely avoid, if they would, 

being drawn very nigh to each other 
in heart. Icy antipathies melt away. 
Asperitefi are softened, and sharp 
angles are rounded off. Men learn 

I from personal ex peri me, that dif- 
ferences of thinking are often more 

rseemtng than rtal % and that at the 
core of total "diver ities of opera- 
tions " may lie one and the " 
•ame spirit." Thus (sea takes the 

place of k it,\ tttd o operation is 
substituted for antagonism. Go • 1. 
svnoore hearted men, no longor reel 
bound to assail eaoh other for unlike 
beliefs, and to waste, and worse than 
. in tin- endeavor to put down 
each other's opinions, that --i ii itual 
force so argently needed by i world 

scourged and tormented by manifold 



and well nigh mortal evils. And so 
the race is learning, through daily 
expe imentation, that strangely over- 
I truth uttered by the Great 
Teach-r two thousand years a<;o, 
viz : that merely w> cry " Lord, 
Lord," i- totally in vain, while we 
nei/led duiny the- " things which he 
■a.) s." 

Contrary to ■ oj ice prevalent 
position, we are satisfied that there 
has never b sen a time, since the ri- 
sing of the "Mar of the East,'' when 
extential Chri-t unify had anything 
near the hold it wmc has on the gen- 
era! mini. Very probably ecclesias- 
ttcal orgamzatuns may ciumblc in 
pieces, and one and another ancient 
mode of faith may vanish utterlv, 
and immemorial landmarks may be 
swept clean away. So be it, and 
what then ? Christianity is Dot an 
opinion or a orrenotumi oramuitm.— 
It is a benign met i vi t t f a life whose 
soul is love. 

A nl when was the period, that a 
warfare so zealous and so g e n e ra l 
was waged against evil in its everv 
shape as now ''. And when so wide 
ly, as now, did love prevail.- -that 
humanity, which cares for man a* 
man, and strives in all practicable 
ways to meliorate his condition ': 
The temperance enterprise is at once 
• It of Christianity, and an i/»- 
ttrumeni for extending yet more 

widely its sway ever our race. 

That some fault* cleave la its 

manifestations may be freely admit- 
ted. What mortal thing is exempt 
from these'.' But the irineipli i.s 

pure and soun I, and in its | r 

it must unquestionably work itself 

clearer and clearer of all all Q J 

Nor cati the fact be otherwise than 
that, as it advances in its benignant 
work, tin- moral improvemci 
each individual engaged in it should 
beep paee with the changes for the 

better, which pail O. . : ., . . 
t\ at la: . 

joa b orrr. 

A Jam J' i 

All is well i , Q . and, 

therefore, weloome the will 

in every event While be is mine 

and 1 am h>, u.-tUm- shall come 
amiss to me. 



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Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 27t h, 1366, 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

Knilroml Privilege*. 

B -other Molsiniter t Will you 
, Lease publish ia the Cbw/wmton, for 
the information of tin- brethren, the 
arrangement made with the H. H. 

( >"...' for the use of excun i >n tick- 

at our next Anatial Meeting. 
The Penna. Central It. R. Co. will 
carry the members, (brethren and 

,ii,'-i at excursion rates between 
Philadelphia and Pittsburg; that br, 
every one going t> th> Annual 
Meeting must pay one local faro 
from the place they com.; on the 
road, to the place" of (earing it 
:v_'a'n. No limit to the time of star- , 
:. Then they get at the meeting 
. -kef that will return them free to 
the place they started from, good to 
the 81st of May. They also -rant 
the same favor 'on the Sunbury an I 
Bri • Road. On the Cumberland 
Valley Road we have obtained the 
same "kind favor, only that the mem- 
bers will have to buy half fare tick- ; 
eta, which they can only get at main 
stations as Elacnabnrg, Carlisle, ; 
C'hambersburg, &c. If they come 
on the road at a way station they 
must pay their fare to the first main | 
station ; there they will buy a halt 
fare t'ekct. We are also oorro* 
pondaigwith the Baltimord Oenira-l, 
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An KpUtlo 
T I ROTHES AND BI8TKR KEP.VER. 



Having been requested* by sister 
Sarah, to write to you, after our re- 



their j r.iyers. Our chief object '4 
should be to lay op treasure in bea- P 
ven. Then lot us lay aside every 
weight and the tiling which docs so 
easily beset us, and let us run with 



turn home, I embrace the present patience the mad set before us. - 
opportunity to comply with her re- 1 1 jkc Moses, lot u* cast away the 



request 

We left Lena on Tnesday morn, 
arrived safe at Waterloo in the 
evening. On Wednesday we had a 
terrific snow storm, which caused us 



pleasures of the world, ami for a lit- 
tle season suffer affliction with the 
people of God, having respect unto 
the recompense of reward. An in- 
heritance incorruptible, undefiled, 



to lay «>ver till Saturday, when we ! an ,i that t'adeth not away will he our 
w >re brought home by brother L. K. re ward. If wo should meet no more 



,ne to obtain the same favor. 

c t rsTEii. 

Phila., Pi- 

I':- ,ther Andrew Carey, Oakland, 
Armstrong Co., La-, says: " We 
ar- happy to tell you that we are 
ting brother Wu > for certa n, 
t. bo our shepherd in the Red 
Bank branch, and we arc rory glad 
to have him come", for the little flock 
ha; been a long tim.- without a shep- 
herd?' 

We fear fr >m brother \\ ise a re- 
in Kit week's paper, that our 
are 



Berkley. We found everything 
right, with some trifling exceptions. 
We shall long remember our pleas- 
ant visit among you and others. — 
\V • were loth to part with friends 
so kind, whose faces we shall in all 
probability never see again, in this 
world ; but thanks be unto our Heav- 
enly Father, that we can^ enjoy the 
hope of meeting in our Fatherland. 
There wc shall never part. the 
glories that await the children of 
Ood ! The contemplation of the 
joys of heaven make my poor heart 
'leap for joy. Whilst I am penning 
these imperfect lines, my mind wan- 
ders by faith over the elysian fields 
of glory. My soul prays for the 
appearance of the blessed' Redeemer 
to make up his jewels,— to gather 
home his children int> his kingdom, 
where they shall shine forth as the 
stars, for ever and ever. let us 
prove faithful in the service of the 
Lord, that when he does come we 
may be ready t) meet him ; being 
found as wise virgins, with our lamps 



on earth, let US moot iu heaven, 

is my praye \ Answer soon. 

Amelia' joins mo in love to you 
and all who mav impure. 

Yours fce. W.J. II BATMAN. 
\ r inton, Iowa, March 2nd, '66. 
Mr. Cakkjix, 111., Mar. 15,*66. 

Br>ther Hohinjer : — I notice an 
inquiry, bv brother John P. Nance, 
of Nebraska t ity . (Companion. Vol . 
2 Pa«'e TO) concerning the wherea- 
bouts of those sisters I spoke of in 
my Journal West: They live 55 
miles West of Omaha, on the main 
thoroughfare, stage route, from Oma- 
ha to Salt Lake City: Ann, wife 
of David Diceson, and E!ma, then- 
daughter. If brother J. P. Nance 
is still living in Nebraska City, I 
would like to have some private cor- 
respondence with him. Write to 
mo, brother Nance; let me know 
whefher you have permanently loca- 
ted in Nebraska City,&C. Direct Mt. 
Carroll, HI- C. LONO 



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brethren at Bxl Bank are doomed 

to .iisaj po'ntnvnt in their loud ex- 

.„„,;. Be not discoun 
ten ; nrav. hope, and work, 



Brother Peter Forney, Oomersal, 
trimmed and with oil in our vessel , Bent »n Co., Iowa, says: An old 
I sometimes fear, We are too cold in I, brother. ,o years of age, Mdta 
r 11 ■ ous matters which often makes wife, a sister moved from the 1 or 
m X t o exclaim with the apostle : \ tage branch, Ohio, to our County « 
«0! wretched man that I am, who October last, and ^hear nob 
shall deliver me irom this body of i ing ot brethren until a short lame 
rhvvth '" \s Ion i as we are in the ago, when I learned *'>''»" h, »* ol 
S we aw subfect to temptation, their whereabout^ and brother Bau- 
and as the apostle said when we man ] and I went ,, , see th en . and 1 



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Mar. 19, '66. ( 
' Dear Brother:— There is an un- 
usual ittl rest manifested in the 
church at ciiia place. Yesterday 
twenty -one woe added to the church 
by l.aj ti.sm. Tlu ceremony wu 
performed on the Jersey Bide of the 
Delaware river, in the j resence of 
about three thousand spectators — 
Although the day was told and 
windy, the waves lashing the shores 
fearfully, and nunc of the candidates 
were of the tender age of twelve to 
fourteen, yet the hen/ism they d^s- 
r*.iyed in battling again t their na- 
ture and against the angry waves 
was a .scene that bordered on mora! 
sublimity. On returning from 
Camden, the hymn 

••We are oro-Hiti-.- the rive* of.JorJan," 
was Fung by the Sabbath-school 
with beautiful eff et. 

We should al.su add that a large 
number of those, who had displayed 
such christian fortitude, ha 1 received 
their religious training in the Breth- 
ren's Sabbath-school, an 1, if such 
fruits may be produced, then Cod 
bless the Sabbath schools of the 
Brethren, and may the time soon 
come when there shall be one estab- 
lished in every congregation, to train 
the young minds for heaven. 

There have now thirty been added 
to the church recently by baptism, 
and about twenty reclaimed who had 
sh twn a feeling "of coldness. There 
is ijuite a strong feeling of love man- 
ifested among the memb ;■., and a 
number of serious ones are expec- 
ted to he added soon. 
\ ours in hove, 

S. X. SHARP. 

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A Communion meeting will be 
held (God willing ) in the Milhj, 
vilk- congregation, Carroll Co., ill., 
commencing Saturday, May . r >th. '66, 
an 1 continue Sunday the 8th and 
N ' »ndav the 7th. " Tie- Northern 
Illin ••- DUtri I I ouneil will c mreue 

at the lame time and place. A 

genera] invitation to all. Bj order 
of the -.aid church, 

M.MUIN MlllR-. 

Notice i.- hereby given that the 



District Council meeting in the North 
West District of the State of Ohio, 
will be held in Rome District, Han- 
cock Co., May Srd, l8f>o\ 3 miles 
south of Fostoria, and one mile north 
of West Independence, in our meet- 
ing-house. 

John P. Ebkrsolk. 



The brethren at Pipe Creek con- 
template holding their next Com- 
munion Meeting (Lord willing) on 
the 2Gth and 27th days of May 
' next. 

PintJfP^.'VLE. 



Dear Brother HoUinger : — In the 
month of August last, when as yet 
it was not known when or where our 
next Yearly Meeting would be held, 

: I as a member of the Committee on 
Y. M.. made a proposition through 

: the C.mtj union, whieh was cheerful- 
ly responded to, by some of our dear 
brethren outside of the Committee. 
At the same time, each brother while 
writing his article on Yearly Meet- 
ings for publication, should have re- 
tained a duplicate copy of the same 

: for the use of the Committee. In 

, case some of the brethren have not 
done so, I would advise each of them 
to procure a copy in manuscript, 
and to do so forthwith, and to send 
the same to the Corresponding Sec- 
retary of the Committee without de- 
lay. 

I am in feeble health, so much BO, 
that I fear I shall not enjoy the priv- 
ilege of meeting with the rest of inv 
dear brethren of the Committee. 
Should 1 not, 1 will neverti. 
try (Lord willing) to ragged 
things to the rest of the Committee, 
for their serious consideration. 

In conclusion, 1 would not only 
solicit the hearty OO-operation of the 
brethren outside of the Committee, 
hut. I would call upon all «ho may 
feel a just concern for the welfare 
and j ■ 

i liei d of Drael t<> ..v or 

rale the Committee in iiN delibera. 

ti-.ii , and through the medium of 

npli.-d.ing 

ad and object for which il 
been i | 

PHILIP BOl il 



Who is it?— -We have received 
the following note : '"Please direct 

[ the "Companion'" to Lewistown, Pa. 
instead of BvraettsviUe, Ind., after 
this date," but the writer gives us 
DO name, and as we have three sub- 
scribers at Burnettsville. we cannot 

, tell who he i>. Who is it ': 

For Palestine. - -V Maine pa- 
per states that a colony of not 
than fifty families, principally from 
that state, is to embark for Pales- 
! tine in July next. 

They propose to settle at Jaffa. 
the ancient Joppa. Building 
have been purchased, and thev will 
carry out with them Yankee imple- 
ments, with a \iew to resuscitate the 
great and long slumbering resources 
of that once splendid land. 

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According to expectations we vis- 
ited Morrison's Cove on Saturday 
last, and returned on Monday even- 
ing, via. Huntingdon \ Br tnd Top 
R. R. We found our friend- 

D 

erally well, though many of the chil- 
dren are afflicted with Whooping- 
cough. On Sunday we visited 
er Samuel Clapper, our com] 
and associate in youthful days, who 
is afflicted, we fear, with Consump- 
tion, and whom wr have little hope 
of meeting again in this world, but 

cherish i full confidence of a re-union 

with his spirit in the climes ol 

nal bliss, Brother Samuel i> fully 

conscious of his condition, and 
i-< patiently awaiting the happy 

chaii 

There being no public preaching 
within reasonable distan v. ive -| ent 

our time in visiting and con 

our 
way h . i we had the | leaMire 

J friends on the 
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Mistake. — Wc met with a Blight I moment you hear his voice you may 
BUthep in printing our last week's ; know what is approaching. Now 
edition, by which orer one bundred !*° i ». tM " P ro l' hct a »<l what did he 
ami fifty copies were misprinted, 
an 1 arc not passable, consequently 
our files of back Nos. are broken, 






foretell. 



(No answer desired.) 



and dov lubecriberi must bogin with 
No. 1:5. We will Bend the other 
number*, that is -. 1, •">, 6, 7, 8, 9, 
10, and 11, to new subscriber 
gratis, and also to those who would 
distribute them for us, with a view 
of introducing the paper, but will 
charge new subscribers with No. 13. 

OUR PUZZLE CORNER." 



Question. — Will some one please 
explain the 2. r >th and 26th verses of 
the 5th chapter of Matthew. 

Jonathan KssstBR. 



Answer to Enigma in Nos. 8 &9: 
" Read the Scriptures daily.*' 

Ans. to Bible Question in 8 k 9 : 
"The battle^etween the five Kings 
'■ of the Amorites, and Israel." See 
Joshua 10. 

Remark. — We shall not hereaf- 
ter pretend to give the names of 
those who answer our Questions or 
Enigmas, but shall give the answers, 
in the number following. All Puz- 
zles, Enigmas, and Bible Qttstions 



In the Perry Church branch. Pen- 
Pa., March 10th. ANNIK P.. daughter of 
brother Jacob H. and sister Cathariuc LONG ; 
aged 1 year and 4 days. She was a grand- 
child of the writer. Funeral services by br. 
Abraham Borah, frotn Luke 19' If.. 

Ki.n. Perrr.it Long. 

l'.'*:'t</r j'leasc Copy. 

In Hi,- MillegCTllle branch. Carroll c-o.. 111.. 
December 14. 1805, FLORA BEMANTHA, 
only dane/htor of John I. and r-pi. r Adallnt 
SMITH; aged ■ ven mouth* and 'Ja daw. — 
Funeral service* by Solomon Llrhty. 

Al*o. same pinci . V h. 18, of Typhoid Fo- 
?cr, brother SOLOMON LKHTV'; aged 44 
th, and 11 days. It.- was a wor- 
thy brother and a minister of the Gospel. ID: 
leaves a wirto-* and sr-ven cblkUvn to mourn 
their lo^s, and the Church may truly snv she 
ban lost a faithful servant j and while we do 
greatly fee) our lo^-. we hope it is his great 
gain. Funeral services by C. Long and s - _- 
del IIoMniaD, from 2/ubrcVt 4:11. 

M 4UT1N Mr.TBR. 

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THK WONDKRFUL ritOPHET 

He i-< not Noah, nor Noah's son, 
inr a l.evite, nor John the Baptist, 
nor vet th^ Wandering Jew, for he 
was with Noah in the Ark. The 
Scriptures make mention of him, 
particularly in St. John, St. Mark, 
and St. Luke, no that we may be- 
lieve he is no impostc*. He knew 
no parents. He never lav upon his 
mother's breast ; his beard is such j «° Elizabeth seas 

, . Al-o, l.-v th- 

H3 man never wore ; he goes bare 

footed and bare legged, like a grave 
old friar. He wears no hat in sum- 
mer or winter, but often appears 
with a crown upon his head. His 
coat is neither knit or spun, nor 
hair, silk, linen, or woolen, bark nor 



IAnt of money* received, for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

Adam Uochstetler, Summit Mill*, Pa. 

Jno. N. Davis, do. 

J. w. Hoot r. Jfartiaaburg, Pa. 

Daniel Paul, do. 

must have the answers accompany- J am « Cnmercr, do. 

I • Geo. Mctzjfer, do. 

mj», to receive attention, except D. M. Holsingar, do. 

Eld. Geo. Brumbaugh, do. 

Levi Shriv-r. ('o. 

Samuel Brumbaugh, do. 

J. D. Bramhaugb, 

G.o. \V. Brumbaugh, 

Chrial Brumbaugh, 



questions, or queries for information. 
MARRIED . 

Jan. 4th, by J. S. Holisingcr, Mm. CUSTER 



san.e, Feb. 20th, AMOS 
WJMTAKERto ELIZABETH ALLEN; all 
of Bedford Co., I'a. 



DIED. 

Errata.— Vol. 2, No. 2, notice of brother 
'.'hrir-ti.in Ulickenstaff, read s ha was a faith- 
ful member about 40 year*, instead of 12. 
In the Tuscarawas branck, Ohio, .l/aroh 11, 
sheepskin, He IS wonderfully tem- JO//N ffENRy, eon of brother George and 
, i-i „, *,i • Bister Elizabeth //EL.l/EN; aged 1 year, 3 

Derate; he never Unnk3 anything months, and 37 days. Puneral services by 
but cold water ; he would rather brother J. K. L. Swlhart, C. Kohtar, and th..- 
take bis dinner in a fanner's bam- «* ter > "" ; " ''• ***« I :24 7 > r>NRY BBSDRK 

yard than in a king's palaCO. He hr llus A«hland congregation. Ashland Ci».', 
\i verv watchful ; be Bloep8 not in t Ohio, Feb. tL MARY S., daughter of brother 

bed, but sits in a singular kind of 



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chair, with Irs clothes on. 1 1" wa^ 
alive at the crucifixion. Nearly all 
the world hear him. He once 
pr ached a short serni >n which con 
rinced a man of his sin, and 
biro, to weep bitterly. He never 
was married, yet lio ha; favorites 
whom he 1 rves dearly, for if h - has 
i irsal of meat he divides it 
among them. Though he never 
rides ou bora • back, be is in 
respects' equipped as horsemen are. 
I He is an advocate of earlv rising. 

', though he never retires so bed. 

- His prophesies are ->o true, that the 



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and sister Fanny 8TON E : 
M daw. Funeral service 



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Kii:.-r and others, from Luke 8 : 5S— 54. 

WlUJ '.v Badlsb- 

In the Lcwiatown branch, Miillin Co., V'.i.. 

,. fi5, shM i sisvnswh; \KT: aged 

•IT years, 3 months, aud 37 days. Bhe believed 

used and trusted in him, who bud promissd to h- 

th? widow'd -t.i\. and orphan's grnlde. Nor 

- she disappointed : believing an l laboring 

by pn pi in i ! K.itnpl -. Bhe bad th 

: i -hi coil ml dion in h ir w . low-hi 

reater niMib-r of her children -• 
v an 1 tortious members In the church. 
•ii'l fri,-nu- the si 
aasurao I ■>•■■ hi a Joyful R-'surnotion. 

Funeral services by brother William How, 
and IV it 8. My«r*. 
In ib- same branch, Feb. 1 1th. 1! \NN \M. 
er of brother John and stater Hannah 
ROTHRQi K. In (be 6th year of bet sy 
1 tin .. • . ■ i - by the writer. 

.1. It. II VNAWAT.T. 

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do. 

do. 
El'h. K-'ij(>ing'-r, do. 

David B. Mock, do. 

Wm. C. Mil- i, Rog*rariUe, O. 
John Dort-t, Troy O. 
Alex. R. ZTolslnger, Fon.-F.ton, 111. 
lohn Miller, Dayton, O. 
Mary M. Custer, 459 Franklin 8t.,Philn. 1.50 

Bauuel Mohler, sr. Coziugton, (). 1.50 

Sarah nipple, Vcllow (:ic : k. 111. 1.50 

Levi Bruhaker, (.r.tis. O. 1.50 

Susan Kininnll. Auburn, I'd. 1.00 

Martha J. Lon^, Crawfordsvllle, Ind. 1.50 

Jo*. W. Troatle, Franklin Grove. 111. 1.50 
nine Longnnecker, Huatnrstown.Pa. .50 
.John Deanlorff. rorkSulphurSprinjrs,Pa. 1.50 

'. iv. Burkhol'i- .-. do. 150 

Dr. C. C'o-1, do. 1.50 

Abraoi Burkholdcr, DilUbnrg, Pa. 1.50 

K. C. Ko-s, Morguntown \V. \'n. 1.50 

Mrs. i:. E. bVyer, Madorin, Pa. 1.50 

.r. R. HoUinrror, Mi. J/orrla, I!!. 1 00 

I). H. L nid'-s. ffarrlf onbunr, Va. 1.50 

[lertzlor, .1/i'Vevtown, Pa. .50 

H-ln, u. Boliv-T.'O. 1.50 

MILIUM) FEMALK AVCADEMY. 

Eldertou, Armstrong Co., Pa. 

The fiinitnnr s ^.. ; o!\ v\ili npon ou Monday, 
April SO, '*'>'".. \ Quo m-w butlJing b.-it« h-'<'ii 
'■;.-. U- 1 : '-oMp--t.il! nw'stnnts ir-- secured; ;i 
Urnry «-iil hi provid o : hoardlnc; had 
by club .or private familiue. The Truateea 
will spare no exp>'.nae in making Ihla a flivt 
•btss tcadi'iny. Th .-re are four churches In 
or near the rllhurc. vlsl: Qerman Rnptlst, 
Methodist, <>. s. Presbyterian, and Uiilttwl 

1'iv-l.yt. ri.tn ; „n,t p,ir. nlH can h iv- th. iri-iiil- 

d' r itudi-r eni f families connected with 

but one of thesi i-luni-h -. 

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BY H. R. HOLSINOER. 

VOLUME II. 



" Whoioerer loTeth me keepeth my commandments. " — J*scs. 

TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, APBLL 3, 1866. 



At 11.60 Per Annum. 

Number 14. 



I'ot the Ci/mpanion. 
LJuck on Feet Washing. C. M. 

BT X BttOTIIBR. 

Jesus has garmeuts laid aside, 
And washed hit servant's feet. 

To teach that neither scorn uor pride, 
For us in right or meet. 

And when our Lord and Master " thus 

Did condescend, he too 
A clear commandment fjave to us. 

That we the same should do : 

Then, when we thus together meet, 

To hold a feast of love, 
We'll atoop, and wash each others' feet, 

And our obedienea prove. 

Lord, to thy holy word we go; 

Thy promise there we plead, 
That those, who practice what they know, 

Shall be happy in the deed. 

The world's contempt hlmll nt'er deter; 

Nor scorn prevent our joys : 
Thy humble paths we far prefer 

To earthly pomp and noise. 

Dear Savior, wash onr souls we pray, 

In the bleat fountain purr ; 
And (rive ns strength that we ne'er stray, 

But to the end endure. 
PhOm, Pa. 

[NOTB. — The above stanzas are dedicated, 
by the Author, to our new hymn book ; pro- 
vided, the compil-rs of that work, shall think 
them worth a place therein.] 

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Think truly, asd thv thoughts 

Will the world's famine feed ; 
Speak trulv, and each word of thine 

Will he a fruitful seed ; 
Live trulv, and thv life will be 
A jreat and noble creed. 



For the Companion. 
Pt ooiiililiir. 

Every sensible person knows that 
the moon, chang.-;ible a8 j t ls? some . 
times gives a pretty fa i r light ; but 
were it not for the- sun, ^»e would 
have no light at all. What a great 
pitv, that so inanv professors of re- 
ligion, and even soma brethren, arc 
spending their time, yea rather 
wasting it, under the 'light of the 
moon: when tbe light of the sun ■ 
lnucli more pleasant, and is " the 
true Light which rmKgtltWlll every 
man that eometh into the world, 
which was born, not of blood, nor of 
the will of the hVsh. nor of the will 
of man, butof Ood." Hut Oh, what 
a pity that mo many are born by the 
will of man, and 1m th« will of their 



masters." It is impossible for any 
man to serve God and the world 



own flesh, and not of God ! The 
Lord speaks by the prophet Malachi, 

saying : ' ; But unto them that fear which is enmity against God. Who 
my name shall the Sun of Righteous- 
ness arise with healings in his wings." 
Mark well, u unto them that fear, 
shall the Sun of Righteousness 
arise." As also the Apostle Peter 
flays : " Of a truth I perceive that 



is that brother going to the ballot 
box to please his political neighbor, 
or his own carnal desires against the 
decision of the Annual Conference, 
thereby serving the world, when it 
is written " Thou shalt worship the 
God is no respecter of persons ; but i Lord thy God and him only tJialt 
in every nation, he that feareth him thou rerve." And if the Most High 
and worketh righteousness is accep- I ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 
ted with him." (Acts 10 : 34, 35.) i giveth it to whomsoever he will, who 
It therefore follows that he who am I, and who art thou brother that 
fears, believes ; and he who believes, j gocst to the ballot box, and rotest 
obeys. The reason that some, yea | against the man whom the Most 
too many are laboring by moonlight, i High has chosen to execute his will? 
is, they do not comply with the con- j Though the world in her arrogance 
ditions. they do not obey, they do | does not acknowledge that the M ■,< 
not believe, neither do they fear ; High ruleth in the kingdom of men 
and the consequence is, that the when things transpired contrary to 
"Sun of Righteousness" does not the will of the people ; or that the 
shine on them, and they never saw i Moat High giveth it to whomsoever 
the light thereof; so they keep ; he will, when the most popular man 
spending their time by moonshine, is not chosen : but rather, that the 
not knowing generally that they are people are the great Sovereign and 
in the dark, but believing themselves 
to be in the light, they deceive 
themselves. 

The Savior says, "whoso forsaketh 
not all" to follow him is not worthy 
of him ; but many, pretending to 
serve the Lord, are also serving the 
world ; because they are not willing 
to denv themselves and forsake the 



give the kingdom, or the office to 
whomsoever they will. But to Neb- 
uchadnezzar king of Babylon it wu 
•aid, that he should be brought 
down to a certain state of humilia- 
tion, until ho would " kmw (or ac- 
knowledge) that the Most High 
ruleth in the kingdom of v\en and 
giveth it to whomsoever ho will." — 
woil 1, and the vain and perishable ! Most likely this is what is wanting 
things thereof: though they appear among the brethren who still per- 
to lead a t|uiet, moral, moonshiny . sistently vote at tho poll* : namely, 
life ; yet the Lord suffers them to ' a more humble mind, and a closer 
take their own ways, and even sends walk with God, so as not only t *c 
tin-in " strong delusion that they the light of the iuii, but to be in the 
should believe a lie : that tlisv light, Hid tin- light in them. Jesus 
might all be dajkUM 1 who believed ha> said " take my yoke upon vou 
not Un truth. " ( 2 TbtsB. 2:11.) I and learn of me : tor 1 am meek and 
Bring c nviiiei-d. \ || I feel I0ITT, ! h>wly in heart." Now I do not 
and with relu t m •••• 1 say it ; that believe if we learn of him, that he 
e\.-n Home, of our brethren arc j will learn u^ to go to the ballot \ 
■pending their time b\ moooahluo, And 1 think the brethren who have 
and have not the light of the MID. the light of the sun. will agree with 
Oh, deplorable condition ! Wh at the poll is work- 
can be contented to live bj m i ing bj BO mahiat. Great 0ODM#> 

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might be, or a vivid contrast he 
tween the government of the United 
Suite- and that U the old Kotuan 
Umpire, will in nowise justify the 
u l'ilgrim stranger, traveling through 
this lonely vale," who is seeking a 
better country, to turn back and 
meddle with the political affairs of 
this world. 

But nothing strikes me like the 
idea of brethren advocating the con- 
version of the whole world. Con- 
vert the whole world ! To what ? 
To moonshine and nonessentials ? 
That, I admit, might perhaps be 
done, but never to the gospel of 
Jesus Christ, under the dispensation 
of grace. Nor is there any Scrip- 
ture to favor such an idea. It would 
seem to us as if brethren who advo- 
cate such doctrine, must be much in 
the dark, and should with all dili- 
gence " search the Scriptures," 
wherein will be found that the Apos- 
tle 1'aul charges Timothy that he 
shall " know also, that in the last 
days perilous times shall come ; for 
men shall be lovers of their own 
selves ; despisers of those that are 
good, lovers of pleasure more than 
lovers of God : having a form of 
godliness, but denying the power 
thereof: even learning and never 
able to come to a knowledge of the 
truth." He further says that " all 
that would live godly in Christ Jesus 
shall suffer persecusion. But evil 
men and seducers shall wax worse 
and worse, deceiving and being de- 
ceived." This deceiving shall be so 
great, according to the words of our 
Savior " that if it were possible they 
shall deceive the very elect." The 
Apostle Peter also tells us that 
'•there shall be false teachers: — and 
many shall follow their pernicious 
ways ; by reason of whom the wav 
of truth shall be evil spoken of."— 
Many more passages might be cited 
to prove that the whole world will 
never be converted, under the pres- 
ent dispensation. 

Most likely, those contented to 
live by moonshine, will think I have 
been cutting too sharp. But if the 
word of God is sharper than any 
J double edged sword, ■ how shall we 
escape if we neglect so great salva 



scarcely be saved, where shall the 

sinner and ungodlv appear ?" 

JAS. V. HECKLER. 

Harleymillr, Pa. 

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J''>r Die Companion. 

Reward of Believer*, and the 
Fate ol I nbeliei « rs. 

First: The reward of the believer. 
There are such blessings and glories 
to be obtained through Christ, and 
of such great dignity, that they can- 
not be expressed by any human 
tongue, nor can it be described what 
God has prepared for those who 
love him. The Son of God himself 
testifies : " Whosoever believeth m 
me shall have eternal life." John 
3 : 15. This is already a great ex- 
pression of eternal glory. And this 
is not such a life as kings and great 
monarchs have in this world, which 
is scarcely a hand's breadth and full 
of frailty, illness, fear, danger of 
death, &c, and at length will come 
entirely to an end. But it is such a 
life of joy which is not any more 
subject to death, but remains forever 
and ever. There is no sickness, no 
pain, no fear, no want, nor distress, 
no war nor dispute, no weeping nor 
complaint will be found any more, 
for just as the life will be everlast- 
ing, so the joy will also be eternal. 
Yes there will proceed out of the 
throne of God, and of the Lamb, a 
pure river of life, and on either side 
thereof will be the tree of life, bear- 
ing the most delicious fruit. In this 
life of joy the city of God will be 
manifested. The streets of the city 
will be of pure gold, and precious 
stones, and there, in the streets of 
the city, will the faithful sing their 
gladsome Hallelujahs. They will 



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the liberated creatures shall be in 
duced to cry out : " Blessing and 
honor, and glory and power, be 
unto him that sitteth upon the throne, 
and unto the Lamb, for ever and 
cwr." Rev. 5 : 13. More than all 
will this be their highest delight, to 
behold the Lord Jesus in his glori- 
fied humanity. Indeed they will 
wonder why so few men did love 
and obey such an allpowerful and 
glorious Lord. 

Believers will wonder, why they 
themselves, while in this world, were 
not more willing to give body, life, 
and all they had, out of love to this 
heavenly King, and his holy doc- 
trine. They will know then, that 
the Lord Jesus, out of love to them, 
forsook those glories, and came into 
this world of affliction, and died out 
of love for them, in order that they 
might obtain this great salvation. — 
And this view of his love will still 
more move them to praise, honor, 
and thank him to all eternity. 

When we've been there ten thousand .Tears, 

Bright shining a* the sun, 
We've no leas days to sing God praise 

Than when we first begun. 

FATE OF THE UNBELIEVERS. 
On the other hand, just as the 
glories of the faithful will be inex- 
pressible, so likewise will be the tor- 
ment of the unbelieving and con- 
demned. For the Scripture says, 
that the Son of God shall come with 
great power and glory, and every 
eye shall see him, and all kindreds 
of the earth (that did not believe) 
shall wail. And full of fear and 
anguish they shall say to the moun- 
tains and rocks : Fall on us and 
hide us from the face of him that 



tion." " And if the righteous shall 



have crowns on their heads 
palms in their hands. They 

make melody, yea even 
joy, and the Lamb will 
unto living fountains of 
water, and feed them with immortal 
food. It will make their joy still 



sing 
shout 



and 
for 
lead them 



and [ sitteth on the throne, and from the 
will I wrath of the Lamb. But that will 
not avail them anything, for they 
will have to hear the sentence of 
Christ : Depart from me ye cursed, 
into everlasting fire, prepared for 
the devil and his angels. For they 



greater, when they shall behold the ' that worship the beast and his image 
Lord Jesus in his great glory and shall be tormented with fire and 
majesty, with his many myriads of j brimstone, in the presence of the 
angels and saints, surrounding his holy angels, and in the presence of 
throue, and f-inging with great and the Lamb, and the 6moke of their 
holy fervor and joy, Hallelujah ; so torment will ascend up forever and 
much so that heaven and earth will ever, and they will have no rest day 



be filled with the sound, and even 



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fe-unu written in the book of life, was 
cast into the lake of fire, where the 
worm dieth not, neither will the fire 
be quenched. They will be an ab- 
horrence to all flesh, and their pain 
amidst all this torment, will be still 
more aggravated when they become 
aware how they have so wantonly 
neglected such great salvation and 
glory, which they now see in the 
children of Cod, while they lived in 
the time of Crace, and did not re- 
gard the same, but continued heed- 
lessly in sin. 

When, then, the righteous shall 
stand with great gladness opposite 
to those who have troubled them, 
and rejected their labor, their doc- 
trine and faith, in Jesus Christ, the 
condemned shall see it, and will be 
dreadfully dismayed at such blissful- 
ness, and will say to one another 
with remorse, sighing with anguish 
of spirit: This is he whom, we, 
fools, deemed as an outcast, and his 
life as that of an insane person. — 
How is he now counted among the 
children of Cod, and his inheritance 
is among the saints. Therefore 
have we missed the right way. — 
What profiteth us now our splendor, 
and what availeth us our riches, and 
pride Now, when they eonsider 
all these things, how they have 
spent their lives in sin, how they did 
not love Cod as the chief good, and 
thereby have forfeited all that great 
salvation, then such a torment of 
pain and misery, will overwhelm 
them, which no tongue can express. 
For they are banished from the 
presence of the Lord, and from all 
the saints. 

J. W. MOATS. 

Mt. Morri$, 111. 
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tor the Cumpanion. 
The Seventh Day. 

Brother HoUinyer : — Feeling it a 
doty, in my present condition, I 
will send you a few thought* which 
have made some impression on my 
mind, for some time i an 1 as I desire 
to know, and obey the truth, that I 
may be purified thereby ; and desire 
to have all my doubts removed, and 
be able, at all times, to give a "thu< 
saitli the Lord" for my faith and 
, hope ; and as we profess to take the 



Bible alone as the man of our couu- tittle in nowise shall pass from 
sel, and being willing to be guided the law." " Whosoever, therefore, 
by the word of Cod, we believe that shall break one of these command- 
"a.11 scripture was given by inspira- ments, and shall teach men so, shall 
tion of God, and is profitable for be called the least in the kingdom 
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, I of heaven," (or shall be of no es- 
for instruction, in righteousness, that teem.) Matth. 5 : 17, 18, 19. How 
the man of Cod may be perfectly, ' important that we heed the injunction 
thoroughly furnished unto all good j of our blessed Master now, ere we 
works." But then do we not often ; be brought to account, and search 
practice things for which we have the Scriptures, lest we be found fol- 
no "thus saith the Lord," and hold I lowing tradition, and thus make 
doctrines of faith on which the Bible i void the commandments of Cod, 
is silent. But so tenacious are we through our traditions, as did the 
for the belief and sayings of our ; Jews, and hear our Savior say to 
fathers, or old and venerable bish- us, as he did to them — " In vain do 
ops, that I fear we are in danger of they worship me, teaching for doc- 
beins led into a faith for which we , trine, the commandments of men." 



cannot produce " thus saith the 
Lord." 

So it seems to me in reference to 
the Sabbath, and I often wonder 
why we do not keep the Sabbath, 
according to the commandment, 
(Luke 23: 50) as the early disci- 
ples of our Lord did ? And our ; come to the unity of the faith, and 
Bi-diops, why do they not have the \ speak and believe the same thing. — 
same manners " custom" as did our ■ I hope you will have patience to 

bear with me, in my earnest search 
for truth. 

I. J. HOWELL. 
Mt. Pleatant, Iowa. 



(Matth. 15: 6,9.) 

Hoping now that you and my el- 
der brethren, will give this subject 
due notice and speak out through 
the Companion, and if I am in er- 
ror, give me the evidence, so that 
I can see with you, that we may all 



Lord and the apostles (Luke 1 : 16 ; 
Acts 17 : 2.) For when we turn to 
the commandment we find it plainly 
specifies the Seventh day is the 
Lord's rest day, and strictly enjoins 
upon us to remember it, to keep it 



How to meet Slaxdek. — A black- 



holy. But some how we have got smith having been slandered, waa 
to keeping the first day (in some ( advised to apply to the courts for 
sort) holy to the Lord. In that redress. He replied with true wis- 
awful day, when the secrets of all dom— I shall never sue anybody for 
hearts shall be known, and every slander. I can go into my shop 
man shall be judged according to and work out a better character in 
his deeds, what answer could we six months than I could get in a 
make to the awful searching (pies- court-house in a y eat. 

tion: why did ye keep the first day, *» 

Cue that I never commanded, thus I Go not into the path of evil, delu- 
dospi.-.ingmy Father's commandment, ded men, but eschew everything 
which I kept? (John 15: 1U) which is false and ignoble! 
Would we not be speechless, as was- in thoe shall begin a heaven of the 
the man without the wedding gar- mind and soul, a heaven not depend- 
uient ': Should we be forced to an- ent on the unseriptural conditions 



swer, we would have to say : our 
fathers kept it, and we thought it 
wu changed, that thf law wai abol- 
ished that commanded us to keep 
the "Seventh day." Oh my soul,' 
hearken, hear the r--|'l_\ , Ihd I not 
Uty, " think not that 1 am cine to 
destroy tin- Law, I am not come to 
destroy, but to fulfill." u Till 
heaven and earth pa** one jot or 



which men may make, but upon the 
laws of man's intellectual and spirit- 
ual nature — upon the condition of 
activity, labor and love. 

Mi .v who would not for the world 
utter a falsehood are yet eternally 
scheming lo produce false imi 

uda of others, re* pee- 
ling fact*, character*, and opinion*. 



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For I ht Companion. 
I'.-et WMhlag. 

In No. 8 and 9, of the Compan- 
ion, is published an essay on the 
subject of feet washing, in a portion 
of which, it seems to me, that the au- 
thor has entirely mistaken his char- 
acter, as a teacher of the righteous- 
ness of Christ our Master, and if I 
may be allowed space in the Compan- 
ion, I will endeavor by the help of 
God, to point out to the brother, 
and to the readers of the Companion, 
wherein 1 think he is in error. 

I have no fault to the brother's 
views, till he comes to speak on the 
mode of performing the ordinance ; 
on that pan of the subject he says, 
''lastly we come to notice the mode 
of feet washing, which, to us, is a 
very painful feature of the subject, 
owing to the fact that a few breth- 
ren, (and we aro glad to say but a 
few,) have been devoting vigorous 
editorial, pulpit, and colloquial ef- 
forts, on this point, the fruits of 
which have been the "seed of dis- 
cord among brethren," which tho 
scripturos abundantly condemn. 

On the statements contained in 
this extract, I would remark in the 
first place, that the brother does not 
leave his readers in doubt, in regard 
to one point, that is, at whom he 
aims this blow. It cannot be un- 
derstood otherwise, than intending 
to strike brethren and sisters, who 
believe the word of God teaches 
them, that in obeying this ordinance 
the brother washing the feet of his 
brother, should also be girded with 
a towel, and wipe t!ie feet he wash- 
td. 

In the second place, I remark, the 
brother expresses himself glad "to 
say, of such there are but a few," 
leaving his readers to draw the in- 
ference that on this account, (not- 
withstanding they may be numbered 
among the " little ones," who the 
Savior says " behove ba me," yet as 
they are few in number, though 
strong in faith, and believe it their du- 
ty to "contend earnestly for the faith 
once delivered to the saints," that 
he is fully justified, at loast in his 
own mind, in assuming the office of 
judge of his brethren, and passing 
sentence of condemnation on them, 



as " sowers of discord among breth- 
ren ;" thus showing clearly, as I 
fitilik, the truth of the statement 
made above, that he misapprehend- 
ed the character in which he stands. 

Lastly, on this part of the sub- 
ject I will say that if the brother 
knew the exact number among t£e 
brotherhood, of brethren and sisters, 
that hold the opinion he condemns, 
he would hardly feel justified in say- 
ing," there are but a few." I have 
knowledge of a goodly number that 
hold that opinion, and from informa- 
tion from others, who I bolieve are 
reliable, there are numbers more in 
the brotherhood, of the same opin- j 
ion. 

The next thing I will notice in the ' 
brother's essay, is in these words : ■ 
"thus we see that the precept and 
example are virtually incompatible." 
In order to prepare the minds of his 
readers for this conclusion, he quotes 
the account given by the evangelist, , 
of the example of Christ in washing I 
his disciples feet, and then says "we [ 
will now apply this example to a ■ 
communion, at which there are one I 
hundred brethren, and one hundred 
sisters &c." He then shows, (clear- \ 
ly to his own understanding no 
doubt,) that when they would get 
through with the performance of the j 
ordinance, each brother and each 
sister would have his and her feet 
washed and wiped ninety-nine times; 
and even then, the example would be 
only partially observed, and that, 
because, on that occasion, Christ's 
feet were not washed. Now, even 
if all the labor here set forth by the 
brother, was necessary in order to 
yield implicit obedience to our Ilea v- 
ly Master, it would be no argument 
against its performance, for he is our 
" Lord and Master," as well as 
theirs, and it is his right to command 
and our duty to obey, " not answer- 
ing again." But I desire to exam- 
ine this subject, by the light of the 
spirit of truth, and see if, in reality, 
" Christ is divided ;" see whether in 
bb teaching, there is " incompatibil- 
ity between his precept and exam- 
ple." If this is so, even in one case 
then indeed, are we, as believers in 
him, in a hopeless condition, with- 
out foundation to rest on ; without 



chart or compass to guide our way. 
I thank God for this declaration of 
Christ to his disciples, " I am the 
way, and the truth, and the life." — 
Now as iruth is indivisible, and as 
Christ, who is M the truth," is our 
teacher, our way, in whom we must 
be found, I for one, cannot sub- 
scribe to the idea of "virtual incom- 
patibility," between the precept and 
example of Christ. 

Let us then try this matter by his 
teaching, taking both precept and 
example to instruct us. We will 
then do exactly what Christ told his 
disciples to do. " If I then, your 
Lord and Master, have washed your 
feet, ye also ought to wash one an- 
other's feet, for I have given you an 
example, that ye should do as I have 
done to you." The precept teaches 
us to wash one another's feet ; the 
example teaches us how it is to be 
done — and when his teaching is 
obeyed there is no violation of pre- 
cept or example ; no omission of 
either ; no confusion in the perfor- 
mance of our duty. 

Let us row apply the teaching of 
Christ, to the same case. The 
brother supposes, for illustration, 
the brethren an 1 sisters are seated 
at the Lord's table in order ; the 
time arrives to commence the service 
of feet washing ; the brother seated 
at the head of the table arises, lays 
aside his garments, girds himself 
with a towel, washes the feet of the 
brother next to him, and wipes 
them with the towel. He then that 
is washed, proceeds in the same 
manner, to wash and wipe the next 
brother's feet, and so on, till the 
brother at the foot of the table is 
washed ; he then takes the water 
and towel in like manner, goes to 
the brother that commenced the 
work, washes and wipes his feet, 
and the sisters, proceeding in the 
same manner, all are washed, anrl 
all are wiped, and all have washed, 
and all have wiped one another's 
feet, — * not ninety-nine times," as 
the brother will have it, — but one 
time, as our Savior instructs his dis- 
ciples. 

Now I ask, who cannot see that 
in observing the ordinance of feet 
washing in this manner, that it is in 




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perfect harmony with Christ's teach- 
ing in his precept and example ? 
There is no need of concluding, as . 
the brother.does, that there is k ' vir- 
tual incompatibility" between the 
precept and example, but we see the i 
same harmony in this case, when 
viewed in the light of the spirit of i 
truth, that is visible wherever the i 
will of God is made known to us by 
his word ; that word that was "made 
flesh, and dwelt among us." 

Let us then, brethren, in the true j 
Christian spirit, submit ourselves to 
the teaching of the word of God's 
grace, which is able to build us up, 
and give us an inheritance among 
all them that are sanctified. 

J. McCLINTOCK. 

Liberty, 111. 



manity, that rouses him even from j diligent, active, earnest, if we would ! . 
the stupor of death. With an effort | make our calling and election sure, 



MISCELLANEOUS. 



Too Active to Freeze. 

I looked to nature. It was a clear, 
cold, bright winter's day. The crisp, 
untrodden snow which covered the 
landscape sparkled in the sunlight, 
as if with millions of gems. The 
little stream, that in summer was al- 
ways dancing and singing by the 
wayside, was now completely frozen 
over, silent and still under its icy 
covering. But as we approached 
the mill, where a little fall was visi- 
ble in its channel ; there it was leap- 
ing and sparkling as merrily as in 
the midst of a summer's day. Cold 
as it was on every tide, and frost- 
bound as the stream was above and 
below, here it was too active and bu- 
ng tn 'rerzf. 

From nature I turn to history. It 
is MRMt on tin' Alps. A traveler is 
descending from the summit, when 
a storm arises, and the wind blows, 
— and the snow, filling the air, rap- 
idly buries all traces of his path- - 
!!•■ itrogglcf on till nis way is lost, 
and night sets in in its horrors, when 
bewildered, discouraged, exhausted, 
he sinks down to .lie. The last 
thought lias been given t<> home, and 
kindred, and friends, and In* ion] 
commended to Ins Hedcemer, and 
the numbness is already stealing on 
his NMM Mid limbs, when a sound 
of distress is born on the tempest to 
his cars. It is an appeal to his hu- 



he rises and follows the sound, as it 
is repeated, and soon find's a fellow 
traveler, like himself, benighted and 
exhausted, and lvins down, to be 
wrapt in the winding sheet spread 
by the tempest. Earnest for his 
brother's safety, he puts forth every 
effort to rouse, and animate, and 
raise him — and his exertions are 
crowned with success. His activity 
has kept himself from freezing, and 
tared a fellow-being from death. 

From nature and history I turn to 
the Church. A disciple who has ev- 
ery motive to faithfulness is getting 
cold, indifferent, unspiritual. He 
has entered the backslider's path, 
and is making rapid progress in it, 
when, by the providence of God, and 
a word from his pastor, he is led to 
become a tract distributor and a 
teacher »n the Sabbath School. Be- 
fore, he was in danger of freezing 
and becoming cold himself, and, like 
a mass of ice, diffusing a chilling in- 
fluence around him. But now he is 
too busy to freeze. Activity is giv- 
ing a glow. Motion is developing 
heat ; and already others are gather- 
ing warmth from his example, and 
led by it to efforts in the 
Christ, and for the bouIs of men. 

The water, the traveler, the disci- 
ple, each has a voice for us. We 
must be diligent, devoted, earnest in 
our Maker's service, if we would be 
kept from being cold, and lifeless, 
and useless. We should aim to be 
too active to stagnate, too busy to 
freeze. We should endeavor to be 
like Cromwall, "who not only struck 
while the iron was hot, but made it 
hot by striking," — like the mission- 
ary who said, " If there be happiness 
on earth, it is in laboring in the ser- 
vice of Christ," — like the blessed 
Redeemer, whose meat and drink it 
was to do the will of God. The vine 
yard must be cultivated— and the 
command is, that we enter it and 
work. There is work enough to be 
done, and the injunction is, that we 
do with our might what our hand* 
find to do. To be healthful, we must 
be active ; to be happy we must be 
useful; to receive the promise, we 
must do the will of God : we mu«t be 



and have at last an open and abun- 
dant entrance into the kingdom of 
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
" Be thou faithful unto death, and I 
will give thee a crown of life." 



The Service uud t be Crown. 

" Be thon faithful unto death, anj I will 
give thee the Crown of life." 

' He that loves his present temporal 
life more than Christ, shall lose his 
soul : but he that hates his life— who 
loves it less than Christ — who is wil- 
ling to lay dow/i his life for the 
cause of Christ, shall preserve his 
life — he shall find life everlasting in 
glory. Our present life is nothing 
in comparison with the life to come. 
To suffer for Christ's crown and 
kingdom, in order that we may reign 
with him in glory, is the highest fa- 
vor ever bestowed upon mortals. — 
Thrice blessed is the servant that 
his Lord shall find watching at hi3 
post when he cometh. To be called 
to die at the post of danger— with 
our armor on, doing battle for the 
Lord of hosts, is to be carried up to 
heaven by a chariot and horses of 
fire. Elijah was taken to heaven, 
cause of^ 110 * fro m » monastry, not from his 
knees in his closet, but from off his 
feet in the active discharge of his 
duty. Preparation for heaven does 
not consist in mere abstractions, nor 
in mere contemplations. No small 
part of our duty ia to do good to the 
bodies and souls of our fellow- rueu. 
We matt follow Christ through evil 
as well as through good report. It 
is enough for Christians to fare as 
well as their Lord and muter did. 
lie was a man of sorrow and aciptin- 
ted with g'ief. Ho passed to his 
throne from the cross. The dutitt 
of life are more than lift We 
must stand faithfully, firmly doing 
our dutv, though the heaven* should 
tall. Cfod will tako care of llio con 
sequences. l>utv is ours -because 
Christ lives, we shall live : and whore 
lie ■ . . : l^ hr i*. htl servants shall 
be also. .V }'. I'r tettant. 



ChutRMd i«"rriw leads to prayer, 
but inordinate grief hinders derq 
tion. 



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GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT IS 
Great Gain. — So says the Apostle, 
and I often think, if the Brethren 
could but realixe the full import of 
the Apostle's language, many might 
be much happier than they are. — 
We notice some brethren that are 
adding field to field, and farm to 
farm, and yet they appear to be un- 
happy ; they seem to be grabbing 
all the time, and never to be 
lamented ; they are up early in the 
morning, and late at night ; cold 
never keeps them in, wher. there is 
a chance to make money ; rainv 
days are not to be feared, when by 
going forth, money can be increased ; 
but nine cases out of ten, those that 
seem to be so eager to make money, 
lay long on Sunday morning ; if it 
is a little cold, can't go to meeting ; 
or if it rains, they aie apt to stay at 
home ; when you converse with 
them, their whole soul seems to be 
concerned about how they can make 
the most money, and they do not 
enjoy a contented mind. Why is it 
thus with so many ? We think it is 
because they have not rightly came 
out from the world, and lack the 
baring the Spirit of Christ. Be- 
loved brethren, will you not endeavor 
to 

and let the Spirit of Christ dwell in 
you richly, and try to obtain at 
least a little Godliness and to be 
contented, especially when you have 
more than you now know what to do 
with. E. W. MILLER. 

Yellow Creek, 111. 



Life a Clock. — Our brains are 
seventy year clocks. The an^cl of 
life winds them up at once for all 
and then closes the case, and gives 
the key into the hand of the angel 
of resurrection. Tic-tac ! tic-tac ! go 
the wheels of thought ; our wills can- 
not stop them ; madness only makes 
them go faster, death only can break 
into the case, and seizing the ever- 
swinging pendulum which we call 
the heart, silences at last the click- 
ing of the terrible escapement we 
have carried so long beneath our 

J aching foreheads. If we could only 
get at them as we lay on our pillow 
and count the dead beats of thought, 
and image after image, jarring 



through the over-tired organ ! Will 
nobody block those wheels, uncouple 
their pinion, cut the string which 
holds those weights ? What a pas- 
sion c«mes over us sometimes for si- 
lence and rest, that this dreadful 
mechanism unwinding the endless 
tapestry of time, embroidered with 
spectral figures of life and death, 
would have ont brief holiday. 

m m 

Three Word* of Strength. 

There are three lessons I wonld write — 

Thre c word» as with n tunning pen, 
In tracings of eternal light, 

Upon the hearts of men. 
Ilave Hope. Though clouds environ now, 

And gladness hides her face in scorn, 
Put thou the shadow from thy brow — 

No night hut hath its morn. 
Have Faith. Where'er thy baric is driven — 

The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth — 
Know this — God rules the hosts of heaven, 

The inhabitants of earth. 
Have Love. Not love alone for one, 

But man, as man, thy brothers call, 
And scatter, like the circling sun, 

Thy charities on all. 
Thus grave these lessons on thy soul — 

Hope, faith, and Love — and thou sbalt And 
Strength when life's surges rudest roll, 

Life when thou elce were blind, 
m m 

Treat Animals Gently. — There 
is no doubt but that the value of 
any animal is greatly increased by 



LOCAL MATTERS 



Tyrone City, Pa., April 3rd, 1866. 



COBREDPONDEXCE. 



being perfectly docile, and not con- 
stantly in fear, whether of the owner 
become weaned from the world J*or of strangers. Horses that are in 

a state of nervousness or excitement, 
while being handled, are not only 
unpleasant to the general run of dri- 
vers, but are more or less dangerous, 
because they require a constant 
watch upon them, and there are few 
persons that are always on their 
guard. In addition to this, more or 
less breakages occur even with the 



Brother llohimjer : — I hereby in- 
form you, and the readers of the 
Companion, that I expect to remove 
to Armstrong Co., Pa., about the 
first of April. Therefore you 
will please, after the first of April, 
send my Companion to Oakland 
P. 0., Armstrong Co., Pa., instead 
of Hillsboro, Washington Co., Pa., 
and all communications sent to me. 
after the first of April will be ad- 
dressed accordingly. 

ELD/JOIIN WISE. 



Notice. 

By request of Eld. Isaac Myers, I 
will inform the churches of middle 
Pa. District, that they have as full 
privilege to send Church delegates to 
the Annual Meeting as they had be- 
fore the district was formed ; and 
would advise them, by all means, to 
do so. The selecting of district del- 
egates, is a move towards doing 
business under a different system ; 
but as the old system is still adhered 
to, in doing business at our A. Ms. 
Church delegates may, and should 
be sent. I will further inform the 
brethren that after the 3rd of April 
my address will be, Newry, Blair 
Co., Pa. 

D. M. IIOLSINGER. 

Cor. Secretary. 



To the Editor and readers of the 
Companion. — Dear brethren, the re- 
best horsemen, because a frightened j marks (or rather strictures) of bro- 
nervous animal docs not know what ! ther Ilolsinger, to my instruction to 
is wanted of him when any difficulty , the brethren south in regard to dis- 
occurs. Many horses are quick to tributing charity, &c, published in 
learn, and if treated kindly, have a No. 10, present vol., demands a re- 
remarkable degree of intelligence, ! ply. 



which one would not expect to see 
in the brute creation. 



Use the world, without abusing it; 
the relations of life, without idoli- 
zing them ; the truth of God, with- 
out perverting it ; and all means, 
friends, instruments, without trustii g 
any. 



Brother Ilolsinger says, he con- 
fesses to a feeling of surprise and 
deep mortification, upon the reading 
of the development of brother Byer- 
leys letter, and the remarks of broth- 
er Savler." And after lecturing or 
critiefsing their developments, he 
says. il And yet my brother inti- 
mates that such a course would be in 



Let your discourse with others on accordance with the written word of l 
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That the reader may the more ea- 
sily understand our position we will 
give a statement. At our last An- 
nual Meeting, held in Lee Co., 111., 



learned the Lord." It follows then to the saints." 9:1. "For as 
that one of us have not learned the touching the ministering to the saints, 
Lord aright. To the law and the it is superfluous for me to write to 
testimony for the evidence. I will , you," verse 12. For the adminis- 
howevcr first refer to the act of the tration of this service not only sup- 
brethren of last Yearly Meeting in plieth the wants of the saints, kc ; in May, 1865, it was represented 
reference to this matter, to enable 1 Timothy 5. " A widow is not to that the brethren and others in por- 
the brethren to judge whether the be taken into the support of the tions of Tenn. and Va were in a 
"remarks of brother Savler,' with church, unless, among other things * .-.*■. :^r .... " 

<•'• , ; iLjiT i u uji.i i c •. r destitute condition. The svmna- 

nindred let- she has washed the saints feet, (a ownp*- 

with said sister certain/) Heb. 6 : 10 "/Ear thies of our mombprs were wrought 

God is not unrighteous to forget upon, and they were exhorted to 

brethren j your work and labor of love, which contribute to the support of our nee- 



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the writer of his " one 
ters" are in accordance 
act. 

" Contributions for the 



in Va. and Tenn. Brother Wrights- ye have showed toward his name, in dy brethren and sisters in the South, 

man of Tenn., and brother Moomaw : that ye have ministered to the saints an( j brother D P Savler was ur> 
from Va., stated to the meeting that and do minister." 1 John 3:17. * ' * ' ' P" 

the brethren in those states need as- "But who hath this world's goods, °_ n the suggestion of brother D. B. 

sistance, and that thev must suffer and seeth his brother have need, and Sturgis, appointed an agent, through 

unless they get assistance ; where- shuttt.th up his bowds of compassion whom to convey the contributions to 

fore the meeting appointed D. P. ! from him, how dwelleth the love of the South. It" was then and there 
Savler as a receiver, to receive con- j God in him." Let this suffice to , . -u^u... ;♦ „.„„ f .. 

• i • p i i- e c -j i .l k i t i i j ..u t a assert whether it was for the mem- 

tnbutions for the relief of said breth- show how I have learned the Lord. . , - 

ren." See minutes of Y. M. 1865, | When I had published the letter berg otU !/ ; No organized official re- 
last act. j of our elder brother South, who the ply was given ; but the understand- 
Here I might rest the case, had j rebels robbed of nearly all he had, ing was that the brethren there 
not brother Holsinger said, u With j and then threatened to shoot his should be the judges in that matter 
what single passage of Scripture \ heart out &c, brother Holsinger in To that we are ^ d w ; 
does it comport. In Matthew -.">th lus remarks recommended to loan to . ° . . 
chapt., The Lord said to the righ- Xtm, not give. But now, of those, »eve the brethren in \ irginia have 
teous, " inherit the kingdom because who brother Byerly says would rath- judgment enough, and they certain- 
ye fed me, and clothed me, &c. &c, I er fight to the end to break up ly should have charity enough, to 
they not knowing of any such acts ; civil government, than follow an hon- ma t e a p roper disposition of the alms 

of charity, He said unto them, in- est emplovment, he exclaims M break • ., . , , . r ., . , r 

, ■" . , ' . o-r.i »i in their hands, if the matter be left 

asmuch as ve have done it unto the open vour cotters of steel ; cut loose 

least of these mj brethren, ye have .the little vines bitter of prejudice to their own conscience. 

done it unto mo. In Matth. 12: 50 that bind jour purse, and give to It now appears that the Brethren 

Mark o : 35, and Luke v : Ul.hc de ' them that need, in the name of the ; u Virginia are iht in want ; (Be 

fines them brethren, and savs, that Lord." U consistancv ! thou pre- .. „ ° v , .... ., , ., ' 

, r .. ' ... - A \ , . , , /., , r it remembered that the brethren in 

th"r.c who do the will of God, his Clous jewel, wheie art thou ? 

Father in Heaven, they are Hi- Dear brethren I have endeavored lennessee are now out of consider- 

erethren, sisters, and mother, (bre- to set myself right before God and ation, as we have had no sock re- 

thren certain.) II. . mans 12:13, the church, endeavoring to be faith- port of them.) but that widows and 

Paul 001 IMS* prayer with " dis-trib- ful in the discharge of the trust you c hildron, who are not members of 
uting to the necessity of saints."- — have imposed upon me. I shall no- 
uu 16 : -•'». '-i«i, he says: "But tice no further remarks. In con- 
now I gu unto Jerusalem v> minister elusion will say, your charity in re- 
mit., tin; Stints, for it has pleased spouse to my appeal of the elder 

brother South, have exceeded mv 

most sanguine expectations ; Ids 
am w.uit-i arc luppUed. God 

be thanked, not f<>r the contribution 

only, but for the evidence of the 



them of Masidonia and Achaia to 
male a certain OOntrihllrioB] for the 
po«.r saints, which are at Jerusalem , 

1 it verse "and that mv sen i ■•■ 
whi'h I have fur Jerusalem may be 
accepted of the saints," ic. an<l 15 true spirit of Christianity. 

uid that bhe§ have addicted !>• P. aAYLER. 

themselves to the ministry of the 



Saint.-,," to. ; 2 Cor. I k 

ing us with BMCb OBi 

/ would receive ths ^m, and 
^_ on us the fellowship of the 




l'rav- Remarks. We are not foi 
that we controversy, but we do Dot feel at 

tale up- liberty to permit such hold efforts as 
ministry I the above to pas* by unnoticed. 



the Church, and whose husbands and 
fathers were rebels, are m want. — 
The brethren in Va. have nearlv a 
thousand dollars of money which has 
been contributed toward tl. 
inary want. Now, we say, if the 
brethren there have M want, and 
there are others who are "suffering 
from want," relieve them, no matter 
whether they are friend or foe, whits 
ur black, and especially if they are 
heljl,*t women, or ' children ls\» 

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lcr says : " The suffering in Tennes- 
see and Virginia, whether they be 
widows or orphan", have no claim 
upon the Church." If they have 
no claim upon the Church — God's 
people —upon whom have they a 
claim ? It is evident that they have 
none upon the politician, and they 
need expect no assistance from that 
source. 

"As touching the ministering to 
the saints," upon which brother Say- 
ler has written much, endeavoring 
to show that it is right to do so, we 



Brother Sayler proposed not to loan 
but to give. We proposed to take 
the brother at his word and loan him 
the money. Our ideas were these : 
We knew that there were many bre- 
thren in the South, who had not ev- 
en a farm left them, but who could 
give good security for a few hun- 
dred dollars, for several years and 
would take it as a great favor if some 
one would lend it to them. But to 
accommodate all these brethren by 
gift would require an amount which 
I could not be collected. Brother 



ers to settle, besides the troubles of 
M moving," on Thursday. When 
our readers have imagined the la- 
bors wc had before U3 the past week, 
we believe they will excuse our lack 
of variety. In a few weeks we ex- 
pect to be in circumstances which 
will enablo us to bestow more atten- 
tion to our duties. 



would simply say, in the language Sayler acknowledges that others had 
of one of his own selected texts, that written to him /or the same favor, 
it is superfluous for " him to write to but he coolly advises them to come 
me, as I have never denied that teach- ) over and bring security and look 
ing ; but we are still waiting for the j out for themselves. Why this par- 
single passage of Scripture which ; tiality ! How would brother Say- 
justifies his " instructions to the ler's consistency quotation fit here, 
brethren South," to withhold bread i Because I cannot give my brother 
from children because their fathers a span of horses, I dare not give my 
were indolent, or rebellious. Wc hungry enemy a loaf of bread ! We 
still hope that the condition of broth- j give it to our readers to decide 
er Sayler's heart must be different j which is the more magnanimous view 
from that which we would infer from ! of the matter. We are also willing 
such teaching. We still hope that to leave the motives that induce us 
he has a lesser sin to repent of than i to advocate them to their criti- 
that of rendering evil for evil. We | cism. 

still hope, that, though it may be j Brother Sayler will please notice 
hard for him to bear a little contra- < ggg wc are ; n earne „t in this matter, 
diction or correction from a youn- , -\y Q believe it involves a principle in 
ger brother, that he will not, from j our h ly religion, and we could not 
any selfish consideration, suffer him- f or a momen t think of using such 
self to be found among those who I 8arca stic language as he makes use 
will not feed their enemy when he is f ? ; n treating upon so weighty a 



DIED. 

Of Small pox, in Tellow Creek congrega- 
tion, 111., Feb. 10th, sister REBECCA KOSER, 
leaving a sorrowing husband and six children 
to mourn. E. W. Mili.br. 

Of old age, in Clover Creek branch, Blair 
Co., Pa., .Mar. 33rd, titter NANCY BURGET ; 
aged about 93 year*. Of her it may justlv be 
said, a mother in Israel baa lefi us.' 8he lived 
to see her oll'spring of $9 fourth generation 
after her. Funeral services bv the brethren 
from 3nd Cor. 5 : 1—5. D. M. UoLnr^SKR. 



John Leatherman. TTillsboro, Pa." .SO 

Win. R. Tyson, Harleysvillc, Pa. 1.50 

B. F. Darst, Zimmerman, O. 1.00 

Eli M. Ritunhonse. Mansfield, O. .75 

John Funk, Duncansville, Pa. 1.50 

\V. H. Stoner, Palestine. 111. 1.50 

S. A. Leasure, Dnyton, O. .50 

Eva Ruse, Jo. .50 
Isaac Showalter, McConnelstown, Pa. 1.50 

Isaac Brumhangh, Cassville, Pa. 1.50 

Henry Wicks, Shirleysbunj, Pa. .50 

.Leah Replogle, Wood herry, Pa. 1.15 

M. L. Wenger, South Bend, Ind. 1.00 

J. T. Kanode, Frederick Citv. Md. 1.35 
G«o. 8ell, East Freedam. Pa. (f.,r Vol. 

i & a. 3.00 

Samuel Bralller. Vinton, Iowa, 1.50 



hungry. 



subject. We would as soon break 



Another point upon which brother the Commandment : " Wash one an- 
Savlcr touches, is this : Some time others feet " as this one : " When 
ago brother Saylej published in the ! thine enemy is hungry, feed him." 

t'omy anion, a letter from a brother ■•-•■ 

in the South, stating that he had ! Apology.— We have not been 
been robbed of everything, &c, and , able to bestow as much attention 
requested that some brother, or breth- upon our paper this week, as we had 
ren, who had the money, should lend wished to do ; We are about build- 
him several hundred dollars where- ing, and had many errands to at- 
with to purchase a horse or horses, tend for the mechanics. Then we 
to enable him to cultivate hit farm, had the accounts of District teach- 



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Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, af Si. 50 a year, 
by Henry R. Holsinger, who is a member of 
the " Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the uame of '"German Baptists,'' & 
Vulgarly or maliciously called "/>vnAtirt/«." 

The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on his way to Zion. 

It assumes that the New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 
promise of salvation without observing til iti 
r"]uirrmrntt ; that amoni; these are Faith. Re- 
pentance, Prayer. Baptism by trine immer- 
sion. Feel Waablng, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion. Charity, Non-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of (iod as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So much of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought n.-ccssary to the proper observance 
of the signs of the times, or such as may tend 
to the morul, mental, or physical benefit af 
the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coming into contact with 
the so called Literary or Politic ul journals. 

Subscriptions may begin at any time. 

For further particulars send for a specimen 
number, raclotiug a Stamp. 

Addreaa H. R. UOLSINGFR, 

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VOLUME II. 



" Whosoever Ioveth me kcepeth my commandmeutB." — ■Iks' 

TYRONE CITY, PA~ TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 1866. 



At 81 50 Per Annum. 

Number 15. 



For the Companion. 
To A Daughter. 

Dearest daughter, don't you know, 
While wc re in earth's trouhled vale, 

TtxTr. i? nothing else hut woe, 
Wafted to u« on each ?ale. 

What is friendfhip? What is love? 

broken reeds au.ong: mankind, 
Only pood wh-ti from ahove ; 

Viieu it'» solace for the mind. 

No panacea earth ha« h'.-re, 

For broken vows of truth and love ; 
And peace from sorrow's scalding tear, 

Can only reach us from above. 

Rent then, fair daughter — be patient — live! 

You yet will hud thai happy goal, 
Where misplaced friendship ne'er can give 

A pang to wound a living *oul. 

J. S. GITT. 



For the Companion. 
Love the Brethren. 

"He that Ioveth God. Ioveth his brother 
also." Uohn 4:21. 

The brightest characteristic of the 
Christian religion, one that furnish- 
es to us the most unmistakable evi- 
dt-nc •<_• of its authenticity and divine 
origin, is, that it supplies infallible 
remedies fur all the maladies that 
afflict the soul. The mortal di 
that were entailed upon the human 
family, by the first transgression, 
were all removed by the great atone- 
ment, and their resuscitation preven- 
ted by the strict observance of the 
last will of our Lord. 

The hateful passions and lusts 
that were enkindled in the bosoms 
of rebellious man, at the fall, were 
quenched and destroyed by the del- 
uge, when, because of their ungodly 
deed, it repented God that he made 
them. Since we Lav.- touched on 
tlu-> sad di, aster, we will try to dis- 
cover the cause. 

Tlie inspired historian relates, 
that God looked upon th* e.irth, 

and, behold', i . rupt at d filled 

with violence. We are left from 
tin.-, ii'.ii account to drai a picenre 

of its condition for om |;,.t 

lest the et >rnaJ aha tea are dark 
by their dreadful deeds, we \\, 

to write th-iu. it io g»y 

that celestial love ires banished c'f- j 

factually from their an 1 




giants were born, who became 
mighty men in wickedness ; the 
offsping of the sons of God and 



could not exist without them, earth 
was destroyed because they were 
not, and without them naught could 



daughters of men. Swift and terri- exist, save the habitation of the cur- 



ble destruction came upon them, for 
their monstrous enormities in sin. — 
Thus we see the fatal and dread- 
ful effects of a union between truth 
and error, and we of this genera- 



sed, Chaos, and eternal night. — 
Without them confusion, disorder, 
rancorous hate, bloody revenue, 
heartless cruelty, and all the trails 
of character that unite to form 



tion may learn a lesson therefrom, j the great deceiver, universally tri- 
if we are not of those who, having umphs. 



eyes, see not. 

It was destroyed because love 
was not found in all her coasts : only 
evil continually, but that is past ; 
numbered with the things that are 
recorded for ensamples to us. Ages 
have intervened, and the world a 
second time has been purified, (not 
by water, but by blood,) in order to 
preserve it from the impending wrath 
of Jehovah ; and we of the third 
and last division of the world, have | 
the gracious advice and counsel of j 
. the Son of the Highest, how I 



From this we may clearly see that 
we cannot exist as a church without 
love. We may seem to live and 
grow, but it is nothing else than the 
flush and glow of the fever that de- 
stroys the bo 

But why, it i* naked, can we not 

•gcther as members, and yet 

not love one another ? Other 

churches are much older than ours 

and they exist without it. 

I answer, the case is net analo- 
gous. All organized bodies of men 
are not churches. The Church is 



to escape the honor and di of men associated for the 

that befell those of old, whose spir- pu | of wotshipinc God, 

its in prison wailed at the preaching when they depart from the order 
of the crucified Lord, lie has con- which He has prescribed, tiiev 
descended to instruct us with His 
own holy Una, how we can i 
the penalties of hate, revenge, mal- 
ice, envy, sorcery. \ 



astitute the church. God i:as 
before ordained that 11:- 
•diuuld love eaohother. Love is the 
c, and how we law of Heaven and God reigns there, 
life, that when! and whenever He ends to 

the groans of a dying world are abide love must ttj 
Bounding in our ears, and the earth every advene - [( M expect 

II to melt with fervent heat, and to StOUTi the favor of Go 1, we Bust 
the sun is darkened, and the moon fiat learn to love our brethren. All 
turned into blood, and the nighty I professions of religion are h\i 
men and noblea and kin_> of the lies without it. ..y fit to de- 

earth begin to cry to the rocks and oeive and deetroy us, but cannot de- 
mountains to fall on (hem j wo may ceive htm. He has s.u I that, -he 
ascend V meet Jlim in the air, and thai saith he Ioveth dm >wth 

rever with II . his brother is .\ m 

He i.;i gii an lu I i brethi tty hare. 

ample a> a pattern, and 

i»J light, that we cannot t>rr in .ght yet 

■y, unlets we will not 

;n o\e,- u^. It wa> Hi.-, I I 
mission, and one worthy o . ; "fj|| 1 U: , j, 1N ,. ,] l0 i r 

what we ha 1 [oat bj 

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j cannot get int • Heaven without lov- 
*- "J iug the brethren, and that too with- 
' out any guile or dissimulation. It 
must be imbedded in its very meshes, 
and interwoven with every fibre and 
tendon. 

Another reason why we must love 
one another in order to receive the 
approbation of God is, that it if this 
that distinguishes us from the world. 
Christ saith, that "the world hateth 
Him," and wc are not to be " con- 
formed to the world, but transform- 
ed by the renewing of our minds." 
When we were of the world wc had 
no iuvo for Christ, nor for our fel- 
lows. But when wc came to love 
Christ we laved the brethren, " and 
were passed from death to life," 
and when wc love not the brethren 
we love not Christ, therefore we are 
still of the world that hateth him. — 
We have not come out from among 
them, wc have not been transformed, 
and have not had our minds renew- 
ed, and consequently, the beloved 
disciple justly says, " that we yet 
abide in death." 

Another reason why we must love 
the brethren is, that it is they that 
shall arise at the first sound of the 
trumpet, to meet the Lord in the air, 
and to be forever with him. The 
Scriptures tell us M He is love," and 
would wc suppose He would toler- 
ate in His holy presence a spirit 
that emanated from the devil ? Cer- 
tainly not. And if we love not 
those we have seen how can we love 
Him whom we have not seen ? And 
if we could not stay where He is, it 
is evident we would be condemned 
to the eternal shades, where the 
vials of the wrath of God would be 
poured out on us without mixture, 
as the children of disobedience. It 
was the paramount object with the 
Savior in His short visit to the earth 
to impress upon His followers the 
necessity of mutual love ; first, be- 
cause He knew nothing else in Hea- 
ven; and, secondly, because he wan 
ted His church to resemble that 
above, and, Oh brethren and 3isters ! 
cannot wc cooperate with our blessed 
' \ Master in a work so holy ? Do we 
' ./ want a nobler cause to contend and 
/>C fight for ? Then let us begin with 

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ourselves, and love one another and 
the work is done. 

Wo have been thus particular, in 

order to show the stern necessity of 

mutual love, to show that without 

brotherly love " wc are yet walking 

in dark ne. m and know not where we 

go, because that darkness hath blind- 

! ed our eyes," to show if we who are 

wanting in this do not earnestly 

! ray for a full and entire restoration 

' to the grace of God, that we may 

'love Him and His children, our 

I names will not be found written in 

! the book of life, whose dreadful 

' doom is to be cast into the lake of 

j fire. 

These are solemn and terrible 
; truths, beloved brethren, and it will 
not do for us to pass them thought- 
lessly by. We ought to admit them 
into our hearts, and commune with 
them there ; ponder them well and 
implore God to engrave them in the 
book of our memory, that we may 
never forget them. 

Now let us talk of the workings 
of love, and then dismiss the subject 
for the present. 

" The disciple whom Jesus loved," 
gives us advice on this point that 
we will do well to heed. [He con- 
tinues,] " My little children, let us 
not love in word, neither in tongue ; 
but in deed and in truth." He 
roundly, and justly condemns this 
cheap style of serving God. Our 
love for the brethren must not con- 
sist in professions, protestations, af- 
firmations, promises, vows, kc. It 
does not consist in fiery, lip zeal, 
and determination to die for them, 
and then like Peter, when we have 
an opportunity to show our faith by 
our works, come far short of our 
profuse expression of devotcdness. 

Brethren, lip service is too palpa- 
bly repudiated by the New Testa- 
ment, for us, who are such strict 
constructionists, to indulge in. Our 
Master will not accept it. lie has 
declared He will not be pleased 
with it for ; lie says, " this people 
draweth nigh unto me with their 
mouth, and honoreth me with their 
lips ; but their hearts are far from 
me." 

All empty professions of love are 
an affront to God, and we that salute 



each other with the kiss of charity, 
according to the instructions of the 
Apostles of our faith, and the prac- 
tise of the primitive Christians, are 
in the most eminent danger ; for 
without actual, material, heavenborn 
love in our heart* , for the brother 
we thus salute, such love that would 
induce us to lay down our lives for 
him, we are hypocrites in the sight 
of God; and every time we salute 
him without it, wc are transgress- 
ing. 

Our brother may be frail and 
weak, he may err and stumble, but 
we are still to love him as long as 
he bears the sacred name of brother, 
(unless his errors are held against 
the fundamentals of religion,) be- 
cause Christ has received him, as 
well as He has received us. We are 
vastly at fault in the observance of 
this Christian duty. If there are 
those among us, who, through weak- 
ness or carelessness, make a misstep, 
we are apt to speak lightly of it, and 
that to others, and oftimes magnify 
it to the serious injury of the erring 
one. See the consequence of it. — 
He hears it, what this brother said, 
and that sister, and the other mem- 
bers ; and it discourages him. He 
thinks, and that justly, that you do 
not love him ; the old tempter sug- 
gests to him that he had better be 
out of the church than in it, he 
grows eold, absents himself from 
the assemblies, and finally leaves 
the communion of persons who laugb 
at his frailties and slight faults, in- 
stead of hclpiug him to bear his bur- 
dens, according to the injunction of 
the Apostle. 

How often have we seen the faces 
of members pale with sorrow, and 
their bosoms swell with mortification 
and grief, when they would hear 
that certain of their number were 
wont to indulge in crisicisra on their 
shortcomings, and at the same time 
were doing all they could to over- 
come the last, as well as the least 
remains of the carnal nature. Their 
hearts would sink within them, and 
-othing but the grace of God would 
save them from being smothered in 
the "slough of despond." 

Brethren and sisters, let us reflect 
on these things, and try and amend. 



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le9t the oil in our lamps be consumed, 
and finally, get no entrance unto the 
feast of the bridegroom. 

We might write of many other 
things that belong to this subject, 
and from which we could draw use- 
ful instruction, but our object is 
mainly to direct our minds to that 
part of it, that will lead us to see 
plainly our duty to the erring, and 
to remove those distasteful lusts and 
traits of character ; such as evil 
speaking, backbiting, anoving, mal- 
ice, &c; that are engendered by 
meditating on other's faults, (often 
supposed faults,) and encourage a 
distaste to their peculiarites. 

\\ hile we practice the system of 
workship that was observed by the 
first Christians, we must be careful 
to imitate thejmrity and holiness of 
their lives, lest when the Lord of the 
threshing floor comes, we will be 
burned as the chaff with unquencha- 
ble fire. 

D. C. MOOMAW. 

Bonsacks, Va. 



For tht Companion. 
A Future State. 

In elucidating this subject, it will 
be quite sufficient simply to quote a 
few passages from the New Testa- 
ment writers. 

Paul, when looking forward to 
the dissolution of his mortal frame, 
declares in his own name, and the 
name of all christians, " Our light 
affliction which is but for a moment 
worketh out for us a far wore ex- 
ceeding and eternal weight ofglorv; 
while we aim not at things which are 
visible, but at those which are invisj. 
ble ; for the things which are visible 
are temporary, but those which are 
invisible are eternal. For we know 
it this earthly house of our taberna- 
cle were dissolved, we have a budd- 
ing »f God, an house not made with 
hands, eternal in the heavens." — 

When the time irf hie dtnarinro from 

Ik* OOOj »; t . at hand, he d. -dared: 
" I have fought the good fight, 1 
have finished DBJ OOVW, 1 have Lej.t 
the faith ; henceforth there is laid up 
for me a crown of righteousness, 

which the Hghteone judge shall give 

me at that day, and not to me only, 



i but to all those that love his appear- 
ing." (2 Tim. 4: 8.) 

The Apostle Peter declares that 
believers M are regenerated to the 
lively hope of an inheritance incor- 
ruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth 
not away, reserved in heaven for 
i them. When the chief Shepherd 
' shall appear, we shall receive a crown 
| of glory, which fadeth not away." 

Our Savior declares in reference 

to his servants, " I give unto them 

eternal life, and they shall never 

! perish. " In my father's house are 

many mansions, if it were not so I 

would have told you: And I will 

j come again and receive to myself, 

that where I am there you mav be 

' also." And again, ""Many shall 

: come from the East and the" West, 

, and shall git down with Abraham, 

] and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom 

: of heaven." "Then shall the right- 

| eous shine forth as the sun in the 

! kingdom of their father. 

While these and similar passages 
clearly demonstrate the certainty of 
an eternal world, and the future hap- 
piness of the righteous, — the Apos- 
| ties and Evangelists are equally ex- 
plicit in asserting the future misery 
j of the wicked. 

The unrighteous shall not inherit 
I the kingdom of God, but shall go a- 
way into everlasting punishment. — 
"The Lord Jesus shall be revealed 
from heaven with his might v angels 
in naming fire, taking vengeance on 
them that know not God, " and o- 
bey not the gospel ;" who shall be 
punished with everlasting deetfuO 
tion from the presence of the Lord, 
and from the glory of his power." — 
" At the end of the world, the An- 
gels shall come forth and .-ever the 
wicked from among the just, and 
shall cast them into a furnace of lire, 
whore lhaH be weeping and rn&ih- 
i:^ of teeth." M The fearful and nn- 
bettering, and ■orderon, and whore- 
mongers, and ■oroororo, and idola- 
md all liar-i, shall have their 
part in the lake which buTBOth with 
tire and brim-tone." There shall in 
se enter into the heavenly Je 
in anything that delileth, nei- 
ther what" MTOI Worheth a!i. .mi: 
or maketh a In" 

way by which happiness m 



the future world may be obtained, is 
also clearly exhibited. Eternal life 
is the gift of God, tnrough Jesus 
Chi ist our Lord, " For God so lov- 
ed the world that he gave his only 
begotten son, that whosoever believ- 
eth in him should not perish, but 
have everlasting life." This is the 
record that God hath given unto us 
eternal life, and this life is in his 
son." " The God of all grace has 
called us unto his eternal glory by 
Christ Jesus."— The dispositions of 
those upon whom this happiness will 
be conferred, and the train of ac- 
tion which prepares us for the en- 
joyment of eternal bliss, are likewise 
distinctly described. Whatsoever a 
man soweth that shall he also reap. 
He that soweth to the flesh, shall of 
the flesh reap corruption. But he 
that soweth to the spirit shall of the 
spirit reap life everlasting." "To 
them who by patient continuance in 
well doing seek for glory, honor and 
immortality, God will recompense 
eternal life. The pure in heart shall 
see God. He that doeth the will of 
God abideth forever." " Him that 
overcometh will I make a pillar in 
the temple of my God, and he shall 
no more go out." " Blessed are 
they that do his commandment, that 
they may have a right to the tree of 
lite, and may enter through the ^ates 
into the city." The nature of heav- 
only felicity, and the employments 
ot the future world, are likewise in- 
cidently stated and illustrated. The 
foundation, or happiness in that state 
is declared to consist in perfect free- 
dom from moral impurities, and the 
attainment of moral perfection. -No 
one who worketh abomination can 
cnte.- the gates of the Nov Jeroea- 
low." ■• Christ Jeom gave htm 

t'..r the church, that he might sancti- 
ty and cleanse it, and that he might 
prOBOBl it to hiinselfa glorious church 
boh and without Mem:- 

The honor which await* the faith- 
ful in the heavenly world is design*. 
ted a erownofn 
inheritance to which thev are i 

lined m declared to be" 11 un 

(with moral pollution); and it i, au 
inheritance among them that ire 
••notified." When I . who ifl 

our life hhall appear, ssy» . 



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fclfl .I'.lm, M We Shall lie like lain." 

adorned with all the buties ef holi- 
which be displayed on earth as 
our pattern and example. 

irivction of the body to 
an immortal Ufa, is also declared in 
the plainest and moat decisive lan- 
guage. This is one of the peculiar 
discoveries of revelation ; for, al- 
though the ancient ages of the hea- 
then world generally admitted the 
immortality of the soul, they 
never to have formed the most < 1 i s - 
taut conception that the bodies of 
men, after putrifying in the grave, 
would ever !>e reanimated ; and hence 
when Paul .declared this doctrine to 
Athenian philosophers, he was pro- 
nounced a babbler. 

Fills sublime and consoling truth, 
however, is put beyond all doubt by 
our Savior and his apostles, " The 
hour is coming, says Jesus, 'when 
all that are in the grave shall hear the 
voice of the son of (Jod, and shall 
come forth ; they that have done 
to the resurrection of life, and 
they that have done evil to the res- 
uireetiou of condemnation," "I 
am the resurrection and the life ; he 
that belie vcth in me, though he were 
dead, yet shall he live." Why 
should it he thought a thing incred- 
ible that God should raise the 
We look for the Savior who 
change our vile body that it may be 
fashioned like unto his glorious bo- 
dy, according to the energy by which 
he is able even to subdue all things 
1 1 hims df." We shall all be chang- 
ed in a moment, in the twinkling of 
an eye, at the last trump ; for the 
trumpet shall sound and the dead 
shall be raised incorruptible, and we 
shall be changed." 

The nature of this change, and 
qualities of this resurrection body, 
are likewise particularly described 
by Paul in the 15th chapter 
first epistle to the Corrinthians. It 
-. n, or committed to the grave, 
in corruption ; it is raised in oorrttp- 
■ i more to decay, disease 
or death, but immortal a-> it- i 
tor. " It is raised in power," indu- 

icd with strength and vigor incai B 
) of being weakened, or exhausted, and 
to accompany the mind in its 
activities. It is raia- 



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ad in glory, destined to flourish in hear from the "Judge of the quick and 
immortal youth and beauty, arrayed the dead : "Depart from me, ye 
in a splendor similar to that which cursed, into everlasting fire prepared 
appeared on th>' doily of Christ, when for the devil and his angels; for I 
his face did shine u the son, and his was a hungered and ye gave me no 

raiment became white and glittering, meat. 1 was naked and ye 

It is raised a spiritual body, refined clothed me not" &c. Then shall 
to the highest pitch that natter issue* they inquire, when saw we thee in 
ceptible to, capable of the most vigor- such destitute circumstances and 
ous exertions, and of the swiftest did not minister into thee ; " Then 
movements, indued with organs of shall the King answer them, saying, 
a more sublime nature, than those "verily I say unto you, inasmuch aa 
with which it is now furnished, and ye did it it not to one of the least 
fitted to act as a suitable vehicle of these, ye did it not to me," — 
for the sotd in all its heavenly ser- w-ould we not have indiscribable 
vices and sublime investigations. feelings of dread ? But upon the 

The disclosures winch the chris- | other hand, if we are such favored 
tian Revelation has made respecting J creatures as to hear the Judge say, 
the eternal destiny of mankind, is a ] u C'ome, ye blessed of my Father, in- 
subject of infinite importance to eve- ] herit the kingdom prepared for you 
ry rational being, a subject of sub- , from the foundation of the world : 
liinity and grandeur, which throws I For I was a hunyered and ye yave 
in the shade the most important I me *meat: I was thirsty and ye 
transactions of this carthlv scene, a gave jiie drink : I was a stranger 



subject which should be interwoven 
with all our plans, pursuits, and so- 
cial intercourses, and which ought 
never for a moment to be banished 
from our thoughts, for this mortal 
shall put on immortality, to dwell 
cither in eternal bliss, or eternal mis- 
ery. 

JOS. AM1CK. 
BtirncttsriUe, Jnd. 



lor the Companion. 
Give to the I'oor. 

"Ami in those, days cam- jmphata from 
Jerusalem uuto Antioch. Aud there stood up 
oik- of them named Agabua, and Minified by 
the Spirit, th.it there anotrM lie great dearth 
throughout all the world : which came, to pass 
in the days of Claudius Cesar. Then the dis- 
ciples, every man according to his ability, de- 
termined to send n lief unto the brethren 
which dwelt in Judia. II hich also they did, 
and sent it to the riders by the hands of Bar- 
n alias and Ban}." Ads 11 : 87-4J0. 

That it is commendable to relieve 
the suffering poor, or to bestow of 
our goods to the needy, is clear from 
the above. Such a course of pro- 
cedure will be approved by the Al- 
mighty, if given willingly, or not 
grudgingly. If we givfc unto the 
poor* the Lord will repay us again, 
and perhaps in a ten fold proportion, 
for " the Earth is the Lord's and 
the fullness thereof." 

When we are arraigned before 
the tribunal bar of God " to hare 
our causes tried," and we should 



and ye took me in : Naked and ye 
clothed me : I was sick and ye vis- 
ited me," &c. 

Then shall the righteous ask 
"when saw we thee in such meagre 
circumstances ? Then shall the king 
answer, "verily 1 say unto you, in- 
asmuch as ye have done it to one of 
the least of these my brethren, ye 
have done it unto me." ^Yould we 
not have inexpressible feelings of 
joy ? (Matthew 25.) 

According to accounts (and we 
believe they are true) there is a 
scarcity of Bread and Clothing in 
the bouth, owing to the dryness of 
the season, the late rebellion, and 
other causes in that part of the 
country, 

1 asg glad that the Brethren arc 
in many places raising funds to re- 
lieve the wants of the almost desti- 
tute, "For it hath pleased them of 
Macedonia and Achaia to make cer- 
tain contributions for the poor saints 
which are at Jerusalem. " (Horn. 

* " A man once dreamed he had died a /id 
pone to the Judgment-seat, and was Judged in 
the following way : Ais works were weighed 
in a pair ol the good deeds ai one 

end and the evil ones at the other, and the 
evil deed.-, being the heavier, drew down that 
side ; then the Judge hesitated for a moment, 
looked al the book aud found he had once 
given a poor man a loaf of bread ; a loaf was 
then put with the good deeds and they drew 
the evil ones up aud the jfood oues down. So 
he «u saved." 



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Again it is said u If thy enemy ! 
mger feed hiin." And we would > 



15 : 2G.)Ar.d it hath also pleased I nient to be liberal in their distribu 

them of some Congregations, East tions : "He which soweth sparing- j hun 

and West to give something to the ly, shall reap also sparingly ; and not for a moment suppose the brcth- v > 

poor and needy. South and other he which soweth bountifully, shall ren in the South are enemies to us 

places. The children of God ought reap also bountifully." From this in the North, or enemies to the 

to consider themselves as belonging we may infer, that, Alms-giving will | cause of Christ. Consequently, 

to one family, and ought to know be rewarded — that is, those who arc | give to the oi'T RIDERS if they are 

and feel that it is their duty to see liberal in administering unto the ne- I needy, be they friend or foe, North 

to the temporal and the spiritual cessities of the destitute, shall also 

prosperity of the whole fraternity of receive a liberal reward : but mind 

Jesus Christ." it must be done cheerfully, (and 

We ought to have concern and af- better secretly) and not grudgingly: 



fection enough towards one another, 
to. "weep with those that weep, and 
to rejoice with those that do re- 
joice," or as the grent apostle of the 
Gentiles hath written, (Rom. 22 : 
10— Iff.) "Be kindly affectionate, 
one to another, with brotherly love ; 
in honor preferring one another : 



or South. 

B. W. BOLLINGER. 
Veytown, Pa. 



Me 



Uod I bat 

When we are told 
that God cannot lie, 



Fit the Companion. 

moot I. i.-. 



m Scripture 
we must at 



hath not seen ? And 
mandment have we from 



this com 
him, that 



not slothful in business ; fervent in he who loveth God, loves his brother 
Spirit ; serving the Lord ; rejoicing j also." (1 John 4 : 20, 21 ; 5: 1.) 
in hope ; patient in tribulation ; con- "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is 
tinning instant in prayer ; distribu- ! the Christ, is born of God ; and every 



ting to the necessity of saints ; given 
to hospitality. Bless them which 
persecute you ; bless and curse not ; 
be of the same mind one to- 
ward another ; mind not high things, 
but condescend to men of low estate ; 
be not wise ID your own conceits." 
Again, " Neither was there any 
among them that lacked; for as 
many as were possessors of lands or 
houses, sold them and brought the 
prices of the things that were sold, 
and laid them at the apostles' feet ; 
and distribution was made to everv 
□Ian according as he had need. - ' 
I \rH 1 : ;; I. ;;.".. » And again, the 
apostfo'John writes thus : "Hereby 
perceive we t.io love of Christ, be- 
cause h- laid <1o\mi his lift- for us; 
and hc ought t i lay down our lives 
for the brethren" (think before \<m 
read fuKbor b I - * « r whoso hath this 

world's goods, and Beeth his blether 
have seed, and ,-hutt-th up his bow 



.M-eins to be a diversity of opinion, 
how as to whether these donations shall 
ma J extend to all, or be confined to oHr 
go, be ye members only. We notice that near- 
put your Ijf : »ll the quotation! in tins article 
practice, already made, haw reference only 

14 Mv little children, let us not I to the brethren, the j <»t raintt, also 

lore in word, neither in tongue, but A. .M IM6, yet the Savior to 
in deed and m truth." (I John 8 : bJi diaerplet, "The poet re have al- 
io — 1H.) The Apoetto Paul wutes ' Wtyt with you." Here tho,r with 
frcelj in 2nd Cor. '.', and gives the ' out the Church are no doubt iuclu 



els oi compassion from him, 
dncib-th the love of God iii 
Howl Do not only say co, be 
clothed, unci be l\'*\, but 

Mi-mile' benevolence into 



eluldron of God 






great 



eneouraire- 



for "God loveth a cheerful giver." 
Ihe apostle John says, " If a man 

say, I love God, and hateth his 

brother, he is a liar ; for he that 

loveth not his brother whom he hath j once conclude, that God is unchan" 

seen, how can he love God whom he I able, for the apostle in writing to 

the llebrew brethren, saith, (chant 
17 k 18) " Wherein we would un- 
derstand in giving promises unto 
Abraham, God, willing more abund- 
ently to show unto the heire of 
promise, the immutability of his 
council confirmed it by In Oath, that 
by two immutable things, in which 
it was impossible for God to lie, we 
might have a strong consolation, 
who have fled for refuge to lav hold 
upon the hope set before us. Thus, 
for instance, when Balaam was sent, 
or permitted to bless the children o*" 
Israel, although not according to 
the wish and request of a wicked 
Balak. who desired that they might 
be curse 1. Balaam's reply is to 
Balak, God is not a man that he 
should lie ; hath he .said and shall he 
not do it, or hath he spoken and 
shall he not make it good ; behold 1 
have received cominan lim-nt to 
bless, and he hath blessed, and I 
cannot reverse it. Thr word lie 
here includes not only that he can- 
not say what is not true, but that 
having said something which i* true, 
he never changes from it. We read 
in the old Scriptures of in-: 
where God apparently changed, but 
close observation will explain all 
this. For instance : A certain Jona 
entered the citj of Nineve, a dav's 
j Mirney, and according to the word 

<>f the Lord, cried, ** vet (brtt davs 

and Nil'fl ' lhal] !*• deatl >y< i 
The word of God is gone out, and 
what U the result '! Behold the 
king »ro*e from off his throne, laid 
aside bis robe, and in haste a vice ice 



one that loveth him that begat, lov- 
eth him also, that is begotten of 
him," and our dear Redeemer has 
said, "By this shall all men know 
that ye are my disciples, If hc have 
love one to another." (John 13 : 
35.) And Peter says, "Love the 
brotherhood." (John*2;17.) And 
the apostle Paul tells us that 
charitv is the bond of perfect- 
uess. (Col. 3 : 14.) 

The children of God will not only 
be kind and charitable to their 
brethren in the Lord, but also to the 
children of men in general. For so 
the apostle intimates. '• While by 
the experiment of this ministration 
they glorify God for your professed 
subjection unto the Gospel oi' Christ, 
and for your liberal distribution unto 
them, and unto all stem." (2 Cor. 
'.»: 13.) 

In CuinjHiniun No. 10, there 



ded. 



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^ went forth by proclamation, that 
n every one should turn from his evil 
way. What a change we notice 
here, but observe with care, where 
is the change '' Undoubtedly we 
mubt conclude the change is wrought 
upon the wickedness of the wicked 
Ninevites ; thus we see that God may 
will a change, but God does not 
change his will, but " is the same 
yesterday, to-day, and forever." — 
We notice Ninevc was Hpared, and 
the wickedness of the wicked de- 
stroyed. Even so it was said to IIcz- 
ekia : ''Set thine house in order, for 
thou .-halt die, and not live. He 
turus his face to the wall in prayer, 
to his God, and fifteen years are added 
to his life. There is seen not a shad- 
ow of a lie upon anything which God 
thinks, or speaks, or does ; he cannot 
lie In his prophecies, how true have 
they all been, and as God is true in 
his prophecies, so is he faithful to 
his promise, 90 is he true to his 
threatenings, also ; for the law of the 
Lord is perfect, converting the 30ul ; 
the judgments of the Lord are true 
and righteous altogether, more to be 
desired than gold, much more than 
fine gold, sweeter also than honey 
and the honey-comb, for thereby thy 
servant is warned, and in the obey- 
ing of them there is great reward. 

Thus we might go on from proph- 
ecies to promises, and threatenings 
to judgments, but let this suffice, by 
observing that every word of God is 
most certainly true ; the Bible is 
true ; the word of God is no fictition. 
No nonessentials there, for it is giv- 
en by one that cannot lie. When 
we open the Bible, we should read 
it as the word of God, that cannot 
lie, for we know, if we believe the 
word of God, that the promises and 
t'le trcatenings stand fast ; therefore 
we should give the more earnest 
heed to the things which we have 
heard, lest wc fall under the same 
example of unbelief," We notice 
even from the creation of man, that 
God was true to his word ; yet man ( 
choses to disobey God's law. The j 
penalty must be anexed, for God 
cannot lie. O, my brethren and j 
Bisters in the Lord ! how circuin- ■ 



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f, spectly ought we to walk, and act 
/>L toward a God who is too holy to 

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look upon sin with the least degree 
of allowance ; who is too perfect to 
lie ; who is too righteous to promise 
and not fulfill ; and if it be so that 
God cannot lie, then it certainly 
must be our duty to believe him ; 
and as the apostle writes, " as the 
body is dead without the spirit, so 
faith without works is dead also." 
It becomes us then, as wise men and 
women, to manifest our faith by obe- 
dience, that we believe God, as an 
old Abraham believed God and it 
was accounted unto him for ri»h- 
teousness. O, my brethren and sis- 
ters ! let us not only be faithful and 
worship God in prosperity, but also 
in adversity ; for the Lord hath said, 
'•fear thou not, for I am with thee ; 
be not dismayed, for 1 am thy God ; 
though you must pass through the 
fire, I will be with thee ; though you 
must go through the waters, I will 
be there ; No evil shall befall thee. 
Let us then trust in God, even when 
dark clouds hover over us ; when 
difficulties and trials are surround- 
ing us, 0, be steadfast, unmoveable, 
always abounding in the work of the 
Lord ; always says the Apostle ; not 
only when we feel in a good frame 
of mind, — not only when we can 
pray heartily, — not only when we 
can feel the love of God shed abroad 
in our hearts ; not only when we aie 
sitting as it were in heavenly places 
in Christ Jesus, — for if this is the 
only time we believe and worship 
God, it would only be a seeing faith ; 
but saith the Lord, blessed are they 
that have not seen, and yet have be- 
lieved. Perhaps some of us have 
been praying for a certain thing for 
months and years ; we pray, and 
pray, and pray again, and at last we 
may become discouraged, and the 
next we know, unbelief says : " God 
will not hear that prayer, your pray- 
er will not come up before the Lord, 
or the throne of God ;" but what 
says he that cannot lie ? "ask and 
ye shall receive," &c. Now which 
will wc believe ? our unbelief, or 
God, that cannot lie? Then let us 
put our confidence in God who has 
said, " I will not leave thee, nor for- 
sake thee ;" and if God be for us, 
who may be against us. And now 
with the promises of God as our pil- 



y/ 



lows, and God's faithfulness for our (, 
support, let us trust in the promises [ v ' 
of God in Christ, and depend upon f 
it, that God is as good as his word, 
and in heaven we shall sing of the 
God that cannot lie. 

DANIEL DIERDORFF. 
Franklin Grove, 111. 



LOCAL MATTERS. 



Tyrone City, Pa., April 10, 1866. 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



J) far Brother Holsinger : — This 
is to inform you that the brethren 
here at Pipe Creek, were among the 
first to respond to the appeal made 
through our last Yearly Meeting, in 
behalf of the needy in the South. — 
On the 28th day of June the Church 
here sent its first contribution to the 
receiver ; on the 4th day of October 
it sent its second contribution to the 
receiver. He was then told " that 
the church would do more" — and it 
has since done more by a third con- 
tribution, which the church here in 
the exercise of its discretion, sent di- 
rectly to the needy in the South. 

1 remain yours as ever. 

PHILIP BOYLE. 

New Windsor, Md. 



Brother Holsinger : — Please pub- 
lish the appointment of a meeting, 
to be held on the 2nd and 3rd of 
June next, at brother David Buech- 
ley's, about 9 miles North-West of 
Marshalltown. A hearty invitation 
given to the members East, particu- 
larly to laboring brethren. Those 
coming by Railroad, should stop 
at Marshalltown, and call at our house 
or brother Jesse Nicholson's, and 
we will give them conveyance to 
place of meeting. 

JOHN MURRAY. 
Marshalltown, Marshall Co., Iowa. 



There will be a communion at 
Manor Church, Indiana Co., Pa., to 
commence at 10 o'clock, A. M., on 
the 17th day of June next. Mem- 
bers are cordially invited to attend, 
especially ministering brethren. 

By reuuest. 

JOS. HOLSOPPLE. 



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take this way to find out his wherea- 
bouts. 

S. R. ZUG. 
March 30, '66. 



p<mion, No. 11, i.s a communication I 58 persons had been baptized. Du- 

from brother D. P. Sayler, ¥n which \ ring this time the weather was cold 

he unintentionally, I trust, hurts the and the water icy, but this did not 

feelings of some brethren and sisters j appear to daunt any. Parents and 

who communicrued in the simpleness j their children came, and in some ca- 

of their hearts, their views concern- 1 ses the children came first; one moth- D *»*ribntlon »f the Keller Money 

mg the " change of Annual Meeting, er and her three sons, and one 

and which were published in Com- j daughter came ; and another moth- 

panion, and (r. V. The Words, ' er, one son and two daughters. — 

" Now I do not know whether these ! Some had been members of other 

brethren expect me to carry a file j persuasions, and some had been 

of these papers with me to the place j baptized by single immersion. Fif- 

of meeting, and there look up their teen had been in the U. S. Service ; 



articles, or are they content with 
the public knowing their views on 
the subject," these words, I say. 



some of whom had desired our pray 



In as much as the Consignee, 
brother P. R. Wrightsmai , was ab- 
sent from home, at the time the 
$1000.00 came to his address, from 
brother D. P. Sayler, and as brother 
Wrightsman left word at home, be- 
fore he went West, in case any more 
ers after they had enlisted, and'were relief money came to his address, 
the special subjects of our prayers f°. r ' x \ t° }>« turned over to me for 
are uncalled for, because every mem- ! while they were absent. One day distribution, accordingly, I laid the 
ber of the Committee is in possession 14 were baptized in the Stillwater natter before the Church, for coun- 
of the views given in those communi- 1 Tftver. Brother David Younce bap- 8C '' by w hieh I was advised to hold 
cations, and have ample time to di- I tized 42 in all. He was in the icy on *° tbe money until br. Wrights- 
gest, better than if they come togeth- ; water nearly every day for over two man returned from the West. Con- 
er on Friday before meeting, and j weeks ; he also assisted in Coving- sequently, since he has arrived, the 
are presented with a dozen, or three ton, our neighboring church, where 
of letters, for investigation, and from ! 42, in all were baptized. Brother 
them form a plan for the holding of James Quinter labored at Coving- 
A. M. more satisfactorily. Now I < ton. We had intended to close our 
think if brother Sayler intended to meeting at the time brother I came, 

but it did not seem to be right to 
close while applicants were coining 
in, so the last week of our meeting, 
and the meeting at Covington were 



brethren met in Counsel, concerning 
the relief sent last of $1000.00. 

The following distribution was 
then made : 



reprove, he should have used milder 
language ; for I verily believe that 
those correspondents did not intend 
to transgress any order ; and in my 



estimation have not transgressed. 

Written out of love (as I trust) 
for the pake of love and union. 

By your weak brother. 

FREDERICK P. LOEHR. 

Brother Iloltinyer : — We have 
had a revival on the Stillwater. On 
the 23rd of February Elders Samu- 
el Murray, and I Leedy began a se- 
ries of meetings in the Newton meet- 
inghm.se. The meetings 
interestin: 



at the same time, and only four 
miles apart. The converts were 
mostly young people, and bid fair 
to become an honor to the cause of 
our heavenly King. 

HANNAH KNAUFF 
Cnnngton, O. 



Pleasant Valley Church, 




*349.00 


Cherokee 


do 




249.00 


Knob Creek 


do 




49 00 


Buffulo 


do 




49.00 


Sullevan 


d« 




49 00 


Hollovr Poplar 


do 


N. C. 


49.00 


Limestone 


do 


Tenn. 


53 90 


Mountain Valley 


do 


do 


49.00 


Whitehorn 


do 


do 


49.00 


Cedar Grove 


do 


do 


49.00 


Contingent expenses 




5.10 


A discrepency of 






1.00 



were very 
to saint and sinner. The 



Infbrniation Wanted. 

Sister Rachael Flory, widow, ag- 
ed some 00 ^ears, late of Lancaster 
Co., Pa., died about a year ago, 
leaving a number of children, one of 



Amount 



11000.00 



The donors will accept our thanks 
for the same. 

M. M. BASHOR. 



A Liberal Offer.— When we 

commenced the present volume, we 

expected to receive new subscribers 

house was filled at night, and a good whom, named Joseph Flory, about during the year who would wish td 



attendance in day time. Soon some 
made application for baptism. Broth- 
er Murray had t ■> leave us in a week 
to fill an appointment on the Miami. 
Brother Leedy remained a few days 
longer, and th<-n followed him. By 
this: thne over 2<) had been baptized 
and the people seemed so earnest to 
attend meeting, that our home minis- 



ters thought they wuuld keep up the parted to me, at Mastcrs.mville," Lan 

meeting at night for a few times, but caster Co., Pa., will hi DMM4 thank- 

as applicants were still coming in fully received. At I know the breth 

we agniu began to hold meeting day ren are scattered over Bedford and 



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have the back numbers from the be- 
ginning. We accordingly printed 
several hundred copies more than we 
needed to serve our list at that time. 
After some time we notice d that N«> 
legacy of several 3 was running short, and according 

Any information \y announced that complete seta 

could no longer be furnished. In 
printing No. 12, we were so unfor- 
tunate ns to misprint several hun- 
dred copies, which was not discover- 



65 or 70 years of age, has not been 
heard from for over two years, at 
which time, it is said, he left the 
Cove, and went across the hill to- 
wards Bedford to work in a distil- 
lery. At his mother's death he be- 
came heir to a 
hundred dollars, 
that would lead to his discoverv, iin 






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ed until -tunc Of the type had been 
distributed, but having enough cop- 
ied of thai No. to supply our list, ami 
the file being broken, wc did not ] 
th nk it twtild pay to re-s«it the type. : 
But when we were moving, we found 
over one hundred copies of No. 8. , 
carelessly stowed awav amon" old > 
f >apen in the house, where they had 
been folded. Wc can therefore sup- 
ply about '20 sets, excepting No. 1*2: 
and a hundred or more excepting 
Nos. 1, 4, and 12. For $1.15 Wti 
propose to send the Cymvayjfm for 
the balance of the year, beginning 
with No. 13, and all the back Nos. 

vet on hand. M First come, first 

- 

served." 

Wc will also send odd Nos. pre- j 
paid, of last volume, ind of the pres- 
ent, to those who will distribute them, j 
with a view of soliciting subscribers, 
or of introducing the work. 

Have Patience. — We must re- 
■Mlt our correspondents to have pa- j 
tience with us, as we find it impossi- ; 
ble to publish all that is sent us. We 
have manuscript on hand that would 
fill half a volume, and many of the 
articles we would be pleased to in- 
sert, but they require more correc- | 
tion than we can find time to be- 
stow upon them at the present. Ma- 
ny of them are upon subjects which 
have already been pretty thorough- 
ly discussed through our columns, 
and wc do not think it to the inter- 
est of our readers to give too much 
of one class of food. If our contrib- j 
utors will have patience with us we 
will endeavor to do justice to all. — 
If we know ourself, and we have 
been anxiously striving for that 
knowledge, we desire to do that 
which is justice between brethren, 
and duty to our Maker. 



le, by convincing thcruselve6 to a ccrtaiDty 
thai their iiion^y is not Acknowledged before 
writing to us. 



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At lils residence near 3ft. Blanchard, Han- 
oi, k countT. Ohio. Feb. 1, brother JOHN 
SlhlKMAKF.K ; aged 6S years, and 11 days. 
TTe was a worthy member of the church. Fu- 
neral services by the writer from 1 Cor. 15. 

In the Rome dintrict, Hancock countv. O., 
Jan. 3. r >. CLARK1SSA, daughter of brother 
Jacob and sister Elizabeth OAK.ES ! aged 16 
years, S months .ind five day*. She made 
application for baptism a few days before her 
di -alh. but she was considered too weak. Wc 
hope the Lord will take the will for the deed. 
Let others take warning from this circum- 
stance. Funeral services bv the writer, from 
1 Cor. 15 : 22. j. P. Ebkksole. 

Id the Aughwlch branch, Huntingdon Co., 
Pa., at the residence of her son-in-law, David 
Hick, near Burnt Cabins, sister ELIZABETH 
WICK ; aged 74 years, 1 month, and 14 days. 
Funeral services by brethren John Spartgle and 
Jns. R. Long, from Hebrews 9 : 27". The 
aboTc was a natural sister to the writer, and 
widow of.Iohn Wick, who died Sep: 1 >, is.">.">. 

Also, in ihc same branch of the Church, 
Mar. 29, JAMES, ton oi John and Sarah 
A/ACONEH >'; aged 12 years. 9 months and 
17 days. Funeral services bv the writer, from 
1 Cor. IS : 34 to end of chapter. 

A. L. Fink. 

In the English River branch. Keokuk Co.. 
Iowa, March 23rd, our much beloved sister, 
MARV BARKLOW, wife of brother Samuel 
Barklow, and daughter of brother Jacob S. 
and sister Maria Studebaker of Stephenson 
county, 111.; aged 26 years, 3 months, and 13 
days. Disease, Consumption anil Dropsy 
combined, which she bore with Christian for- 
titude. Funeral discourse by brother David 
Brower and others, from Luke 24 : 44, to a 
large concourse of people. Gbo. Sntdeu. 

Iu the triumph of a living faith, in Hancock 
countv, Ohio, February 18th, of Consumption, 
sister CATHARINE STEEN, in the 38th year 
of her age. She was a daughter of Elias 
Chambers, deceased some 27 years ago, in 
Crawford county, and grand-daughter of Peter 
Stockman. 8hc was confined to her bed but 
a short time, and during her suffering she was 
much engaged iu prayer and praising God, 
and exhorting those around her. There were 
no funeral servics at the time of the burial, 
but it is expected that brother John P. Ebcr- 
sole will deliver a funeral discourse some 
time in May next, when the friends, (who 
live at a distance) will have the privilege of 
attending. Wm. Ciia.miii:us. 

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In Appanoose branch, Appanoose county, 
Iowa, March 10, sister ELIZABETH ZOOK ; 
aged 03 years, and 27 days. Her maideu 
name was Replogle. When quite young sU*- 
married Abraham Zook. and in 1888 removed 
with her husband, from Morrison's Cove, to 
Indiana, where her husband died, May 83nd, 
IMi'J. since which time she has remained a 
widow. Iu 1S55 she removed with her eldest 
son. Daniel Zook, to this State, with whom 
she has had her home until death. She wis 
an exemplary member of the Church for 45 
years. She leaves three sons, a number of 
grand-children, and several great-grand-chil- 
drrn. Funeral services by brother Win. E. 
Btrlckler, and B. W. Leave], from 1 Cor. IS : 

.'.V-.S7. G. B. RWLOGLK. 

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wife of brother Jacob Wagoner, .*. minister of 
-,'i; aged 44 years, 5 mouths, and t 
days. E hind h r husband and 

four children to inoe.rn their lo**, but ire be* 
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the brethren. Ammilw Sbhhb. 

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THE 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henry R. Holsjngcr, who is a member of 
the •• Church of the Brethren." sometimes 
known bv the. name of ''Oerman Baptists," & 
vulgarly or malWously called " Dvnkar dt." 

Tlie design of the w ork is to advocate trnth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on his war to Zion. 

It assumes that the New Testarnenl Is the 
Will of Cod, and that no oue can have the 
promise of salvation without observing aU Ms 
men/M'; that ambng'these are Faith. Re- 
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ommunion, Charity, Sou-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

,\:ch of the affairs of this world as will 
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of the slgus of the times, or such as may I ml 
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tor the Companion. 
Onr Pilgrimage. 

We're Pilgrims on our weary way, 
With no place here to stop or stay, 
But onward through this world we roTe, 
Seekiug a home In heaven above. 

Then we should here ae strangers be, 
And seek our Father's face to see, 
Thua showing to the world below, 
That we our blessed Savior know. 

Ton all will know him if you do, 
Just ae he has commanded you ; 
There need not one be left behind, 
The call is made to all mankind. 

The spirit by whom we were led, 
To Jesus Christ our living head, 
Will lead you too, If you'll but show, 
A willingness of mind, and go. 

To Jesus go who out of love, 
Came down a ransom from above, 
That guilty sinners through hie blood, 
Be reconciled again to God. 

Then oh ! dear sinners will you still, 
Continue striving 'gainst God's will, 
While mercy's offered and there's room, 
And Jesus still invites you "come." 

In heaven we'll all with oue accord, 
Sing songs of praise to our Lord ; 
There, all shall crowns of glory wear, 
Oh ! who would not this glory share. 

LIZZIE MTER8. 



For the Companion. 
Preathrrs — man-made and Cod- 
made. 



A Letter to btotuer 

LINGKR. 



Adam Hol- 



There is hardly anything in the 
christian religion which the u father 
of lies" has not set off with a com. 
terfeit. His ability to do so evin- 
ces the majesty of his primeval 6tate. 
The dignity of his orriginal nature 
is revealed by the power he displays 
ir. his ruin. If his appellation In 
Heaven was Lucifer, he was rightly 
named ; for that he was a being ap- 
proximating in wisdom the Eternal 
Mind, may be legitimately inferred 
from his marvelous knowledge and 
power in his apostasy and degrada- 
tion. He disputes every inch «>f 
ground with the Almighty over the 
whole world. He has access to eve- 
ry lie:tn, every hemic, every closet, 
every sanctuary, every pulpit. \ ea 
even to the hallowed precincts of 'the 
I believer's death-chamber. From the 



first inspiration to the last expira- 
tion, his power to deceive and de- 
stroy, either directly or indirectly, 
extends as far as the power of God 
to bless and to save. The deep 
things of God and the revelation of 
his will, are in large measure known 
to the arch-erzemy, and he will as 
soon and as readily quote the Psalms 
of David W compass his ends, as 
blaspheme God by an arrogation of 
absolute sovereignty. We have no 
data to show that he ever had a per- 
sonal encounter with any of our race, 
save the first Adam and his consort 
in Paradise, and the second Adam 
in the Wilderness ; but in a more 
subtle and insidious way, he deceives 
and destroys individuals and nations, 
even under the guise of that relig- 
ion which he most deeply hates, and 
which he most effectually hinders by 
seeming to promote it. With Satan- 
ic audacity he strides into the pulpit, 
lifts up the arms of his confederates, 
who style themselves " ministers of 
righteousness;" touches their lips 
with the wand of falsehood, and dis- 
tils the poison of hell in burning elo- 
quence and the thrilling presentation 
Of half-truths. 

Did he appear in his fire-seared 
ugliness, in his sin-wrought, unmiti- 
gated deformity, man, fallen and sin- 
ful as he is, would instinctively shrink 
from his blighting presence ; but 
when he comes in the " stolen livery 
of Heaven," hiding the cloven foot 
with the sandals of the Gospel, and 
washing his hideous features with the 
mock-lineaments of the 4> Messenger 
of the Covenant," it requires a thor- 
ough, constant, and prayerful inves- 
tigation of the " oracles of God," in 
order to detect his stratagems, lint 
there is always this distinction be- 
tween the embassadors of Christ and 
the rmi.v.arifs ..if the Wicked ( >ue j 
while the one class M preach the 
word" without adulteration or ouii- 
proiuise, the other present it with 
some addition or subtraction that 



clearly and squarely antagonizes 
" the truth as it is in Jesus." A 
God-made, God-sent minister will 
preach God's Word, and those who 
claim to be teachers " sent from 
God," and do not "preach the 
word," are not of God. This is a 
simple, self-demonstrating proposi- 
tion, and yet those who will not un- 
dertake to ascend the pulpit without 
laying creeds, catechisms, and tradi- 
tions under contribution in the prep- 
aration of their sermons, pretend to 
the dignity of " preachers of right- 
eousness." Those who preach the 
word are ordained or appointed ac- 
cording to the word, and sent out 
by those who are the depository of 
the word, but all of God through or 
by the spirit. That those whom God 
has chosen as vessels to bear his 
name to a perishing world, not un- 
frequently have the sense of an in- 
ward call, cannot be gainsayed ; that 
all who consider themselves moved 
in that direction by a supernatural 
impulse, are called of God, and must 
on the ground of their supposed in- 
ternal evidence, have leave to 
preach, would be contrary to sound 
doctrine, and a subversion of the Di- 
vine Order. When God calls any 
one to the ministry of the Gospel, 
and grants him a presentiment of his 
call, he will also install him into the 
Holy Office agreeably to his own in- 
stituted method. 

When intellectual culture is made 
an indispensible condition to the dis- 
charge of the ministerial function, 
the endowment for the work is not 
the offsprit g of the Divine oppera- 
tion in the soul through faith and 
love, but is the fruit of reason. How 
can we lettOM ivnfidently that we 
are called, when God has not ret 
•i expression tolas choice through 
the " Body ..f Christ which is the 
Church " The inward promptings 
and inspirations which reveal them- 
selves in the consciousness, must be 
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tidn to the ministry, by the voice of only to follow at the la-els of human 

God through the church. A rave- ifcecnUtion, to accept the creeds and 

lation in the r |esa is not al- 1 formularies of human wisdom, we 

wa\ - a r< velation (,, the conscious- ! have the fulfilment of Christ's decla- 

N<-t all that don the saeerdo- ration to the Laodicean Church, 

tal rub.- M bava in unction from the j "thou art wretched, and miserable. 

Holy One." Not all whose heads Mid poor, and Mini, and naked." 

u the accumulated lore of all ' The condition of a liberal education 

*M of Anak from fcfosat to the and a certain measure of theological 

:.t hour, have M the wisdom knowledge as a prc-requisite to the Ho- 

wliich is from above." The mind is I ly Ministry, must Becaaaftrilp debar 

expansive, capable of embracing, in the higher condition of a true living 

a inea>ure. the Infinite ; and nothing j faith in Christ our Lord, and the wis- 



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bet a knowledge of aha unknown and 
unsearchable can " push out its cor- 
rugations " in right proportions. — 
Hut this is the work and duty of all, 
and not only of the few who are to 
minister in holy things. The edu- 
cational process ought to be a co- 
work with tiie illuminating and sanc- 
tifying influence of the Holy Ghost. 
When mental culture exceeds " the 
wisdom from above," it will invaria- 
bly be found that " knowledge puff- 
etli up." This is the reason why so 
many preachers of great learning are 
" twofold more the children of hell " 
than if they were ignorant and untu- 
tored. Their rigid intellectual dis- 
cipline, and ample knowledge, and 
power of nice discrimination and pro- 
found argument, furnish them with 
the " hellish art" of converting the 
'• truth of God into a lie." While I 
would exert my utmost influence to 
have high intellectual development a 
characteristic of the Church of God, 
I am an uncompromising foe to that 
wisdom, however proper and benefi- 
cent in other relations, which spends 
its energy in the effort of wringing 
out of the plainest, most obvious 
truths of revelation, a meaning to 
confirm their theories which were 
farced in the cast-iron brain of sec- 
tarianism. 

When faith meekly and undoubt- 
ingly receives the gospel as the au- 
thentic record of the son of God, 
and the all sufficient revelation of 
the Divine Will relative to our duty, 
responsibility, and destiny, and draws 
tii" uii di-rstandingly pliantly into the 
great and essential misteries which 
it _' 1 : i ' 1 1 y embraces, we cannot study- 
too hard, or delve too deep, or know 



dom which is born of .such faith.— 
The wisdom that God bestows, thro' 
faith, by the Spirit of (fhrist, is the 
wisdom which is " profitable to di- 
rect," and will unfold itself to the 
glory of God, the comfort of the 
saints, and the conversion of sinners. 
All this is done agreeably to the 
laws of the human mind, and involves 
our coagency ; but it does not make 
reason the pedestal of our faith, but 
it makes reason the instrument by 
which faith extends its vision, and 
• turns it w ithersoever it listeth." — 
An ignorant ministry is a repioach 
to any church ; but it is the knowl- 
edge of " Christ crucified "that gives 
efficacy and power to the ministra- 
tions of the Sanctuary. To speak 
in the most rapturous and pathetic 
strains about Christ, and the won- 
ders of his redemptive work, is a ve- 
ry different thing from speaking "in 
demonstration of the spirit and of 
power." To preach great thoughts 
and swelling words from the intel- 
lect, is quite different from preach- 
ing Jesus out of the heart through 
the intellect. A Christless ministry 
supported and panoplied with all the 
lore of the schools, is a mighty en- 
gine for evil, and binds the greater 
part of so called Christendom to the 
Mystical Babylon, while " they think 
they are doing God service." I do 
verily believe that our most famous 
pulpit orators, who sway the minds 
of the millions as by magical power, 
are as destitute of true religion as 
the poor wretch who sold his Lord 
" for thirty pieces of silver." In 
them the declaration of the Holy 
Spirit is verified, which " speaketh 
expressly that in latter times some 



too much. But when reason turns shall depart from the faith, giving 
faith out of doors, and lets her in, heed to seducing spirits, and doc- 





trines of devils." When the man 
made minister* and their purblind 
adherents, with whom you so often 
come in contact, twit you about your 
want of scholastic attainments and 
theatrical polish, either decapitate 
them with the " sword of the spirit," 
or be thou " as a lamb dumb before 
its shearers." "Search the scrip- 
tures," and that "daily." "Give 
yourself wholy" to reading, compar- 
ing, meditation and prayer, " that 
thy profiting may appear unto all." 
l> Take heed unto thyself, and unto 
the doctrine." Guard against 
an injudicious presentation of the 
truth. " Cast not your pearls 
before swine." " Look unto Jeous," 
and learn the wisdom of silence at 
the proper time and place. Make 
the simple, naked word your only 
criterion in all matters pertaining to 
your office, and the general Chris- 
tian life. Explore the word, pray 
over it, unfold its hidden mean- 
ing and wondrous beauty by 
comparing spiritual things with spir- 
itual ; " for in so doing thou shalt 
both save thyself and them that hear 
thee." 

If we are to attain to the requi- 
site qualifications of a gospel minis- 
ter previous to our election to the 
sacrei office, we are not, and cannot 
be, chosen by the Church. We would 
have to consider ourselves as cer- 
tainly called by the holy spirit inde- 
pendent of the church, and then qual- 
ify ourselves for the office before we 
are in it ; and when thus qualified, 
by a man-prescribed routine, the 
Church has nothing to do but ac- 
knowledge our qualifications, and 
give us license to preach. Man-made 
ministers apply (!) to the Church 
for permission to exercise their fan- 
cied God-given rights ! What a mis- 
erable sham. What an impious per- 
version of " the right ways of God." 
The God-made minister does not 
make application to fill the Holy 
Office, but he fills it because God 
has, " through the Church," " com- 
mitted unto him a dispensation of 
the Gospel." Ministers are chosen 
by the Elect Body, and as no ore 
knows beforehand who will be chos- 
en, it is the rankest folly to spend 
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ey, for a position which we may 
never occupy. The special mini -to 
rial training goes along with the 
ministerial office, and not before it. 
So it wu< with the Apostles : so the 
brethren believe and practice. The 
finely drilled theologists of the schools 
know much : hut their wisdom is as 
inferior to that of the brethren, as 
the light of reason is inferior to that 
of Revelation. 

C. H. BALSBAUGH. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 

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Virotlaua Tobacum: (Tobacco.) 

What is it ? Something essential 
to happiness ? or promotive of 
health, or decency ? Or does its 
use add a fragrance to the breath ? 
From its extended use we would al- 
most be persuaded to answer iu the 
affirmative ; but from a knowledge 
of its properties, and a close obser- 
vation for years, we answer in the 
negative. Professer King, of Cin- 
ciimiti, says, it is "a potent acro- 
narcotic poison, affecting the heart 
and brain." Professors Wood and 
Dunglison, bear the same testimonv 
to its properties, and so do all the 
learned physicians with whom we 
ever have formed any acquaintance ; 
all testifying to its poisonous effects 
upon the system ; in fact we cannot 
see any defects in the uormal human 
system supplied by the use of this 
poison ; but we certainly see many 
defects brought about by its use"; 
such as Dyspepsia, diseases of the 
Liver, Lungs, Stomach, and Ner- 
vious system. Again ; it is admit- 
ted by physiologists, that the saliva 
secreted bv the glands of the mouth, 
is essential bo digestion. The to- 
bacco chewer ejects this, which in 
hi- case ie -•-.■ret.-d rerj copiously. 

Well we have said enough about 
its detrimental 0n%0M to health. 
Next, does it promote deoeocy ? 

Wt in jrer, nay ; but t , th 

oiaan have y©e -,•-;, thai 
brother with the spittle dripping iV.nn 
his auow.whka beard, which other- 
mas eertainJy would i„. a „ orna . 

in. -nt to him. What males an old 
man look m..re sol. -11111 than an nn 

tarnished beard ; and h.»w often do 

■ the tilthv weed i,, the corners 
of the m.mth, and, Oh, h ..v ,.tt.-i, 

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have you reluctantly saluted that 
brother, who fails to be decent in all 
things ! Yes brethren, we know 
what some of you say upon this sub- 
ject : "that if we don't love vou well 
enough to salute you, we must let it 
it alone/' We truly love you well 
enough, but we do not love that filth 
you keep in, and on the outside of 
your mouths. It does not add a 
fragrance to the breath, but entirely 
to the reverse ; it poisons the breath, 
and makes it very obnoxious to your 
associates. Then think of its ex- 
pense. The money thus spent by a 
single tobacco chewer, would pay 
for at least six good newspapers, 
which would add more to the morals, 
and intelligence, and decency of 
your families, than all the tobacco 
in the world. Oh, what a nausiating 
task it is to empty the spittoon! 
How often, dear sisters, have you 
wished tobacco would not grow ^es- 
pecially if you are not addicted to 
the same bad habit. How much 
nicer we could keep our temples of 
worship, if the practice was aban- 
doned. But I am ashamed to con- 
fess to the world, that professed 
Christians will enter places of wor- 
ship with this that injure* both body 
and soul in their mouths, and soil 
the very floor of God's own house. 
Brethren, is it right? Ask y..nr- 
-ches, and surely you wiil - a v". A 
it is wrong, nhr r«* and continually 
to. 

And what of the tobacco raiser ! 
May we addre^- you a few moment- J 
We mean Christians, who cultivate 
it! What is your design in so do- 
Vou know it will no! add to 
to the happiness of the world (per- 
manent happiaeai we mean). It 
neither eh alios nor feeds the .! -ti 
tut-, triitra . or orphan. No, roue 
only ol.j.-et i< the accumulation of 
that, th.' I..\ <• of which is the ro >t of 
all evil ; and \on know it is that 
porpoae, and only that whiuh prompts 

We would 

11 '• ■ laon prori le the eeaeatiak 

f.-r preparing " sherry vine :" yea 

and loouer, for the mad ietaal prop 

fiti.-s ot th.- wine -iirpasses the 

Meae af jeh ae ee. In hoi t rbicoe i- 
aaMoaalj aj ,1 m ■ m, ,., n,,., whtku 
wine i- . 10 af the two evils, we 



would choose the lesser. Now 
brethren, before you sow your to- 
bacco seed, think 'a little ; yes think 
soberly, and please think, "too, that 
the Brethren in our yearly councils 
have discountenanced its cultivation. 

Sisters, you have a great influ- 
ence ; do what you can to effect a 
reformation in this matter ; that We 
know has often disgusted you. We 
must present our bodies" a living 
sacrafice, holy, and acceptable be- 
fore God. DANIEL SMITH. 

Huntington, 2nd. 

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J-vr tfit Coinpauion. 

This very Day. 

Have we ever soberly considered 
that each day, as it arrives, ruav be 
our last ? Have we ever seriously 
reflected that our eternal doom, as 
regards heaven or hell, may hang 
upon this very day on which we are 
reading these lines ? To-day we are 
in the land of the living: we know- 
not where we will be to-morrow. 

" O OoJ ! on what a Slender thread, 
Hani; everlasting th. 

God gives us to-day to think of 
the concerns of our soul-;. Ho has 
not promised to give unto us lo-aWT- 
row. We cannot tell whether We 
will see to-morrow. We cannot be 
certain that to-morrow will be 
But it i< certain that a dav is coming 
which will be our last day on earth, 
and our first day in eternity. There 
i- another solemn consideration 
which we miw bring beJ -. — 

I calls 011 ui to turn to him. 11 
warns us by the words, "To-day if 
ye will hear his voire, harden "not 

your hearts." He says again, ••Thi- 

is the day oi' Ml ration." To-mor- 
row may be unto u- the day ef.judh 
jjnent. If it should prove so. what 
aopaet toedd we give for neglecting 
T.-ar salvation '.' 
dad call- on ui now. — This verv 
day. Ho* \\ ill we act I \\ ill we 
listen to hi- in \\ i!| 1 

hearken to bis words .' Or will we, 
when we have read these lino*, go 
our war, and think no more about it. 



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The Two Worlds. 

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A land where sweetest roses fade. 

And smiling youth grows quickly old ; 
A land where sun-thine turns to shade, 
And beauty takes a different mould ; 
A land of changes, a land of care, 

Where fleeting Joys are little worth ; 
A land where smiles become a tear — 
That land it earth. 

THE SECOND: 

A land of Iotc where nought can sever, 
And beanty blooms with luster fair ; 
A land where youth is young forever, 
For time exerts no influence there ; 
A land where streams of pleasure flow, 

And golden harps to all arc given ; 
A land where we our God shall know — 
That land it heaien. 

8. W. BOLLINGER. 
McVeytoirn, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
King Alcohol. 

Brother Hohinger : — In Vol. 2, 
No. 12 of the Companion, we find 
an article on wine making, which 
seems to have been drawn forth 
from another article in No. 7, same 
Vol. I heartily agree with the wri- 
ters on the subject under considera- 
tion ; and thank God that the church 
yet has an eye open ; and that the 
watchmen are on the lookout, and 
readily recognize the enemy, let him 
present himself in whatever uniform 
he pleases. The writers of the 
above articles seem to think there is 
no difference between making wine 
out of the wine plant, and making 
liquor out of grain. I can see no 
difference. And I must also ac- 
knowledge that I fail to see the dif- 
ference between making liquor out 
of grain, and furnishing the grain 
to make it. The whole business is 
linked together, from the raiser of 
the grain, down to the tipler. And 
where is the moral farmer, though 
not a professed follower of the meek 
and lowly Jesus, who, while passing 
the drinking shop, and hearing the 
horrid curses of the drunkard: even 
sometimes in his fury, cursing the 
very author of his oxistence ; or, 
hearing the cries of the poor chil- 
dren, who have probably been drag- 
ged from their humble bed in which 
a kind mother had laid them, and 
thrust out at midnight, into the Cold 
wintry storm, by a father who once 
was kind and fatherly, but now has 
become fienish through the influence 
of whiskey ; or seeing in the row 



the drunkard raising the deadly 
blade, and plunging it into the 
breast of his neighbor, probably 
launching an unprepared soul into 
eternity, in a moment of time. — 
Then behold the heart-stricken wid- 
ow, and her helpless charge of half 
dozen helpless children, surrounding 
the cold, lifeless remains of husband 
and father, uttering their doleful 
lamentations, and shedding copious 
gushing tears over their awful be- 
reavement ; — I ask the question, 
Dear Brethren, where is the man, 
whose heart is not flint, that could 
behold those heart rending scenes, 
and say without blushing : "J fur- 
nished the grain that the whiskey 
was made out of, that caused all 
this, and more too." I have said 
the whole business is linked togeth- 
er. Is it not ? How could the tip- 
ler get drunk, if the shop-keeper 
didn't sell him the whiskey ? How 
could the shop keeper sell it, if the 
distiller didn't make it ? How could 
the distiller make it, if the farmer 
didn't furnish the grain? If I saw 
two men grinding a knife to be 
placed in the assassin's hands, that 
he might the more readily take the 
life of his fellow man : I frankly ad- 
mit that I would not be able to de- 
cide which would be the greater 
criminal, the one that applied the 
knife to the stone or the one that 
turned it. Neither can T decide 
which is the worst, to furnish the 
grain to make the whiskey : or to 
run the machine that makes it. — 
But, says one, whiskey is good in 
its place, for medicine. Very well ; 
but to furnish it in sufficient quanti- 
ties for medicine, we would proba- 
bly not need more than one small 
copper still in a county. Instead of 
that, a man could, in a moderate 
days ride from where I write, visit 
ten or a dozen distilleries, that can 
run from fifty to twelve hnndred 
bushels of corn per day. Well but 
what will we do with our corn ? If 
whiskey would only be used in its 
place, you would have to look out 
for some other market for your corn, 
and for a more complete answer, 
read Matth 6 : 24 and 16 : 26, and 
Timothy 6:10. 

I have written the above out of 



love for Christ, for the brotherhood, 
and for suffering humanity. And 
if I am in an error, I trust some 
kind brother will lead me out of it. 
In conclusion, I would say, let U8 
patiently labor together, to the 
building up of Christ's kingdom on 
earth, so that when he makes his 
appearance the second time without 
sin unto salvation, we may 'rejoice 
at his coming, ard be caught up to 
meet the Lord in the air. 

J. STUTSMAN. 
Centre, Ohio. 



Tarry Not. 

The Scriptures say, joy shall be 
in heaven over one sinner that re- 
penteth, more than over ninety and 
nine just persons that need no re- 
pentance. Luke 15: 7. The same 
is true of the church below ; there is 
nothing scarcely affords Christians 
more joy than to see men and wo- 
men flocking into the fold of God. — 
Why is it then that men tarry so 
long ? There be numbers, we believe 
whose intention it is, to turn in with 
the people of God, and render unto 
him their service ; but why do they 
tarry ? If they put off serving him 
from time to time, they may never 
be converted to God ; for " to-day if 
you will hear his voice, harden not 
your hearts, as in the provocation." 
Heb. 3.15. Dear brothers and 
sisters, let us serve the Lord while 
it is called to-day, for the night Com- 
eth when no man can work. Let us 
not tarry till to-morrow. Let us be 
watchful, and prayerful, serving the 
Lord. 

SAM'L RITTENHOUSE. 

Richland, Ohio. 



For the Companion. 
Our duties. 

"Teach me to feel another's woe, 

To hide the faults I see ; 
That mercy I to othTg show 

That ineroy show to me. — Popk. 

The above beautiful stanza breathes 
forth a prayer that should be origin- 
al and uppermost in every believing 
heart. how beautiful the thought ! 
how sublime the charity which cov- 
ers multitudes of sins." The Sav- 
ior inculcates this duty in these 
words : " As ye would that men 
should do to you, do ye even so to, 



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VL 



to them." how often is this neg- 
lected ! how often do we see others 
in circumstances, that if we were 
similarly situated we would eagerly 
accept the aid and council of others! 
The Apostle James would teach us 
the same duty by saying ; " Pure 
religion and undefilcd before God 
and the Father is this, To visit the 
fatherless and widows in their afflic- 
tion, and to keep himself unspotted 
from the world." 

Brethren, this is a time in which 
we have abundant opportunities to 
exemplify our religion. — We will 
stop to ask ourselves are we so lib- 
eral as we should be ? are we as dil- 
igent as we might be ? Do we not 
still consult our ease and conven- 
ience ? In short is there not cause 
to fear that Paul would class us a- 
mong a catalogue of dark charac- 
ters, which he mentions as being 
Bigns of the last times ; 2 Tim. 3. — 
Are we not lovers of our own selves? 
Is it not too generally the case that 
when we are in easy circumstances, 
and have opportunities of having the 
pure Gospel preached to us, we for- 
get others ? Do we all feel the so- 
licitude we should of fulfilling the 
Great Commission ? What a vast 
multitude is there in our own coun- 
try (I say our own country because 
it is the country in which it has fal 
len to our lot to be pilgrims and al- 
iens, H seeking a better country.") 
that have never had an opportunity 
to hear the Gospel explained, as we 
understand it ! Are we not selfish ! 
this is what the Apostle means by 
" lovers of their own selves." Breth- 
ren, now is the time for action ; we 
know not what a day may bring 
forth. But says one, who is to make 
the start? The start, thank God is 
made ; it was made more than eigh- 
teen hundred years ago ; and though 
its effects sometimes seem very weak, 
still God blesses the efforts, and 
good is the result. But are we Mt 
too much bent on getting and keep- 
ing ? Do we uphold the cause by 
supporting those who proclaim sal- 
vation to a dying and .sinhurdcned 
world? Says one, the water of life 
is free. The whole human family ia 
invited to partake of the same, with 
out money and without price. 'Who- 



soever will, let him take the water 
of life freely. Rev. 22: 17. 

Thank God it is free ; as free as 
the water we drink to quench our 
physical thirst, and the spirit as free 
as the air we breathe. We only 
have to put ourselves in condition to 
receive the spirit, and it flows of its 
own accord, like the air is inhaled. 
But, gentle reader, did it ever oc- 
cur to you that you must pay for the 
vessel with which you take up the 
water ? And did that fact seem to 
say that water is not free ? The wa- 
ter can be had without money or 
price, and the vessel can be very 
good, answering all the required pur- 
poses, and yet be very cheap and 
unpretending. It is not necessary 
that the vessel should be ornament- 
ed with gold and silver, or that it 
should be highly esteemed among 
the proud and sensual, but it is ne- 
cessary that it should be symmetri- 
cal in its parts, unadulterated, pure, 
without leak, and such a one, it would 
be selfishness to suppose, could be 
obtained without some compensation. 
The expense must be borne by some 
one. Brethren who will bear it ? 
JOS. HOLSOPPLE. 

Indiana, Pa. 




Mho are tbe II uppieMt. 

"Mechanics', families who are a 
little forehanded." Such was the 
answer of a motherly nurse of intel- 
ligence and observation, who had in 
the prosecution of her calling been 
thrown among families of all classes, 
from the very rich to the very poor; 
from the most famed to the most ob- 
scure. 

Lord Byron seems from his stand- 
point to have arrived at veiy nearly 
the same conclusion. He wrote : 
" Mechanics and working men, who 
can maintain their families, are in 
my opinion the happiest body of 
men. 1'overty is preferred to the 
heartless, unmeaning dissipation of 
the higher orders." 

Another author thought that the 
most to be envied was a " health v 
young man, in full possession of hlfl 
Strength and faculties, i^oing forth 
in the morning to work for his wife 
and children, and bringing tuem 
home hie wages at night." 



Aside from the question of relig- 
ion there" are three indispensable 
requ isites to a pleasurable, satisfac- 
tory state of the mind ; if either be 
absent there cannot be any continu- 
ous mental, heart enjoyment. In no 
case can a day ever pass without 
some interruption to quiet pleasures, 
even to those who are most favora- 
bly situated, because no man or wo- 
man ever waked up in the morning 
who did not experience before retir- 
ing at night some disappointment, 
some unexpected occurrence of an 
unpleasurable character to cloud the 
sunshine of the happiest day. Who 
can recollect a single day in any 
score, or two, or three, in which 
some unanticipated disagreeable 
thing did not occur ? Echo answers : 
" Never one !" 

He who would be uniformly hap- 
py—who would pass the greater 
part of his time in a state of mental 
pleasureableness — must be healthv, 
must be well-to-do, must be moder- 
ately busy. However healthy a man 
may be, anxiety for to-morrow's 
bread will soon undermine the stron- 
gest constitution. Hence the French 
returns officially announce that the 
well-to-do average eleven years lon- 
ger life than those who live bv their 
daily labor. If a man is healthv 
and well-to-do, and is not busv in 
his calling, he will seldom fail to* be- 
come dyspeptic, intemperate, or rest- 
less, and die prematurely. Hence 
to have a life of sunshine ; a man 
must live healthfully, mint have a 
reasonably profitable calling, and 
must he busy and buoyant in the 
prosecution of it. 

■ » 

Mkditatiox. — It is not the num- 
ber of books you read, nor the vnri 
ety of sermons you hear, nor the a- 
mount of religious con\ ur>at:.>n in 
wiich you mix ; hut it is the frequon- 
cy and ear:ie>tness with which . 
meditate on these thin_ -.he 

truth which may be in them bttMMI 
your own and part o\' Your being, 
that ensures your spiritual growth. 

The pursuit in which we cannot 
ask Uod's protection is criminal ; ( 
the pleasure tor which we cm;. 
thank him cannot be innocent. 






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Selected for the Companion. 
The Two World*. 

THK rill ST : 

▲ land where sweetest roses fade, 

ADd smiling youth grows quickly old ; 

A land where sun-shine turns to shade, 
And beauty takes a different mould ; 

A land of changes, a land of care, 
Where fleeting Joya are little worth ; 

A land where smiles become a tear — 
That land it earth. 

tub second: 

A land of love where nought can sever, 

And beanty blooms with luster fair ; 

A land whore youth is young forever, 

For time exerts no iufluence there ; 

A land where streams of pleasure flow, 

And golden harps to all are given ; 
A land where we our God shall know — 
That land it hcavtn. 

8. \V. BOLLINGER. 
MeVeytovn, Pa. 



For the Companion. 
King Alcohol. 

Brother Hohingcr : — In Vol. 2, 
No. 12 of the Companion, we find 
an article on wine making, which 
seemB to have been drawn forth 
from another article in No. 7, same 
Vol. I heartily agree with the wri- 
ters on the subject under considera- 
tion ; and thank God that the church 
yet has an eye open ; and that the 
watchmen are on the lookout, and 
readily recognize the enemy, let him 
present himself in whatever uniform 
he pleases. The writers of the 
above articles seem to think there is 
no difference between making wine 
out of the wine plant, and making 
liquor out of grain. I can see no 
difference. And I must also ac- 
knowledge that I fail to see the dif- 
ference between making liquor out 
of grain, and furnishing the grain 
to make it. The whole business is 
linked together, from the raiser of 
the grain, down to the tipler. And 
where is the moral farmer, though 
not a professed follower of the meek 
and lowly Jesus, who, while passing 
the drinking shop, and hearing the 
horrid curses of the drunkard: even 
sometimes in his fury, cursing the 
very author of his oxistence ; or, 
hearing the cries of the poor chil- 
dren, who have probably been drag- 
ged from their humble bed in which 
a kind mother had laid them, and 
thrust out at midnight, into the cold 
wintry storm, by a father who once 
was kind and fatherly, but now has 
become fienish through the influence 
of whiskey ; or seeing in the row 



the drunkard raising the deadly 
blade, and plunging it into the 
breast of his neighbor, probably 
launching an unprepared soul into 
eternity, in a moment of time. — 
Then behold the heart-stricken wid- 
ow, and her helpless charge of half 
dozen helpless children, surrounding 
the cold, lifeless remains of husband 
and father, uttering their doleful 
lamentations, and shedding copious 
gushing tears over their awful be- 
reavement ; — I ask the question, 
Dear Brethren, where is the man, 
whose heart is not flint, that could 
behold those heart rending scenes, 
and say without blushing : "J fur- 
nished the grain that the whiskey 
was made out of, that caused all 
this, and more too." I have said 
the whole business is linked togeth- 
er. Is it not ? How could the tip- 
ler get drunk, if the shop-keeper 
didn't sell him the whiskey ? How 
could the shop keeper sell it, if the 
distiller didn't make it ? How could 
the distiller make it, if the farmer 
didn't fur nitsh the grain? If I saw 
two men grinding a knife to be 
placed in the assassin's hands, that 
he might the more readily take the 
life of his fellow man : I frankly ad- 
mit that I would not be able to de- 
cide which would be the greater 
criminal, the one that applied the 
knife to the stone or the one that 
turned it. Neither can T decide 
which is the worst, to furnish the 
grain to make the whiskey : or to 
run the machine that makes it. — 
But, says one, whiskey is good in 
its place, for medicine. Very well ; 
but to furnish it in sufficient quanti- 
ties for medicine, we would proba- 
bly not need more than one small 
copper still in a county. Instead of 
that, a man could, in a moderate 
days ride from where I write, visit 
ten or a dozen distilleries, that can 
run from fifty to twelve hnndred 
bushels of corn per day. Well but 
what will we do with our corn ? If 
whiskey would only be used in its 
place, you would have to look out 
for some other market for your corn, 
and for a more complete answer, 
read Matth 6 : 24 and 16 : 26, and 
Timothy 6 : 10. 

I have written the above out of 



\y 



love for Christ, for the brotherhood, 
and for suffering humanity. And 
if I am in an error, I trust some 
kind brother will lead me out of it. 
In conclusion, I would say, let us 
patiently labor together, to the 
building up of Christ's kingdom on 
earth, so that when he makes his 
appearance the second time without 
sin unto salvation, we may 'rejoice 
at his coming, ard be caught up to 
meet the Lord in the air. 

J. STUTSMAN. 
Centre, Ohio. 

m » 

Tarry Not. 

The Scriptures say, joy shall be 
in heaven over one sinner that re- 
penteth, more than over ninety and 
nine just persons that need no re- 
pentance. Luke 15: 7. The same 
is true of the church below ; there is 
nothing scarcely affords Christiana 
more joy than to see men and wo- 
men flocking into the fold of God. — 
Why is it then that men tarry so 
long ? There be numbers, we believe 
whose intention it is, to turn in with 
the people of God, and render unto 
him their service ; but why do they 
tarry ? If they put off serving him 
from time to time, they may never 
be converted to God ; for " to-day if 
you will hear his voice, harden not 
your hearts, as in the provocation." 
Heb. 3 . 15. Dear brothers and 
sisters, let us serve the Lord while 
it is called to-day, for the night Com- 
eth when no man can work. Let us 
not tarry till to-morrow. Let us be 
watchful, and prayerful, serving the 
Lord. 

SAM'L RITTENHOUSE. 

Richland, Ohio. 

m » 

For the Companion. 
Our duties. 

"Teach me to feel another's woe, 

To hide the faults I see ; 
That mercy I to othTs show 

That mercy show to me. — Popk. 

The above beautiful stanza breathes 
forth a prayer that should be origin- 
al and uppermost in every believing 
heart. how beautiful the thought : 
how sublime the charity which cov- 
ers multitudes of sins." The Sav- 
ior inculcates this duty in these 
words : " As ye would that men 
should do to you, do ye even so to ( 



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125 






to them." how often is this neg- 
lected ! how often do we see others 
in circumstances, that if we were 
similarly situated we would eagerly 
accept the aid and council of others! 
The Apostle James would teach us 
the same duty by saying ; " Pure 
religion and undefiled before God 
and the Father is this, To visit the 
fatherless and widows in their afflic- 
tion, and to keep himself unspotted 
from the world." 

Brethren, this is a time in which 
we have abundant opportunities to 
exemplify our religion. — We will 
stop to ask ourselves are we so lib- 
eral as we should be ? are we as dil- 
igent as we might be ? Do we not 
still consult our ease and conven- 
ience ? In short i9 there not cause 
to fear that Paul would class us a- 
mong a catalogue of dark charac- 
ters, which he mentions as bein^ 

• Aim /■* 

signs of the last times ; 2 Tim. 3. — 
Are we not lovers of our own selves? 
Is it not too generally the case that 
when we are in easy circumstances, 
and have opportunities of having the 
pure Gospel preached to us, we for- 
get others ? Do we all feel the so- 
licitude we should of fulfilling the 
Great Commission ? What a vast 
multitude is there in our own coun- 
try (I say our own country because 
it is the country in which it has fal 
len to our lot to be pilgrims and al- 
iens, " seeking a better country.") 
that have never had an opportunity 
to hear the Gospel explained, as we 
understand it ! Are we not selfish ? 
this is what the Apostle means by 
" lovers of their own selves." Breth- 
ren, now is the time for action ; we 
know not what a day may bring 
forth. But says one, who is to make 
the start? The start, thank God is 
made ; it was made more than eigh- 
teen hundred years ago ; and though 
its effects sometimes seem very weak, 
still God blesses the efforts, and 
good is the result. But are we not 
too mudi beat on getting and keep- 
ing ? Do we uphold the cause by 
supporting those who proclaim sal- 
vation to a dying and sinhurdened 
world? Says one, the water of life 
is free. The whole human family is 
invited to partake of the MM, with* 
out money and without price. 'Who- 



soever will, let him take the water 
of life freely. Rev. 22: 17. 

Thank God it is free ; as free as 
the water we drink to quench our 
physical thirst, and the spirit as free 
as the air we breathe. We only 
have to put ourselves in condition to 
receive the spirit, and it flows of its 
own accord, like the air is inhaled. 
But, gentle reader, did it ever oc- 
cur to you that you must pay for the 
vessel with which you take up the 
water ? And did that fact seem to 
say that water is not free ? The wa- 
ter can be had without money or 
price, and the vessel can be very 
good, answering all the required pur- 
poses, and yet be very cheap aud 
unpretending. It is not necessary 
that the vessel should be ornament- 
ed with gold and silver, or that it 
should be highly esteemed among 
the proud and sensual, but it is ne- 
cessary that it should be symmetri- 
cal in its parts, unadulterated, pure, 
without leak, and such a one, it would 
be selfishness to suppose, could be 
obtained without some compensation. 
The expense must be borne by some 
one. Brethren who will bear it ? 
JOS. HOLSOPPLE. 

Indiana, Pa. 

■ m 

Mho are the Happiest. 

"Mechanics', families who are a 
little forehanded." Such was the 
answer of a motherly nurse of intel- 
ligence and observation, who had in 
the prosecution of her calling been 
thrown among families of all classes, 
from the very rich to the very poor; 
from the most famed to the most ob- 
scure. 

Lord Byron seems from his stand- 
point to have arrived at veiy nearly 
the same conclusion. He wrote : 
11 Mechanics and working men, who 
can maintain their families, are in 
my opinion the happiest body of 

men. Poverty is preferred to the 

heartless, unmeaning dissipation of 
the higher orders." 

Another author thought that the 
most to be envied was a " healthv 
young man, in full possession of his 
Strength and faculties, going forth 
in the morning to work for his wife 
and children, and bringing tuem 
home hi« wages at night." 



^T=4- 



Aside from the question of relig- 
ion there* are three indispensable 
requisites to a pleasurable, satisfac- 
tory state of the mind ; if either be 
absent there cannot be any continu- 
ous mental, heart enjoyment. In no 
case can a day ever pass without 
some interruption to quiet pleasures, 
i even to those who are most favora- 
| bly situated, because no man or wo- 
man ever waked up in the morning 
who did not experience before retir- 
ing at night some disappointment, 
some unexpected occurrence of an 
unpleasurable character to cloud the 
sunshine of the happiest day. Who 
can recollect a single day in anv 
score, or two, or three, in which 
some unanticipated disagreeable 
thing did not occur ? Echo answers : 
" Never one !" 

He who would be uniform] v hap- 
py—who would pass the greater 
part of his time in a state of mental 
pleasureableness — must be healthv. 
must be well-to-do, must be moder- 
ately busy. However healthy a man 
may be, anxiety for to-morrow's 
bread will soon undermine the stron- 
gest constitution. Hence the French 
returns officially announce that the 
well-to-do average eleven years lon- 
ger life than those who live by their 
| daily labor. If a man is healthv 
and well-to-do, and is not busv in 
his calling, he will seldom fail to* be 
come dyspeptic, intemperate, or rest- 
less, and die prematurely. Hence 
to have a life of sunshine ; a man 
must live healthfully, must have a 
reasonably profi t a b le calling, and 
must be busy and buoyant in the 
prosecution of it. 

—~m 

Mkmtation. — It i 9 not the num- 
ber of books you read, nor the vari- 
ety of sermons you hear, nor the a- 
mount of religious eoeweraatioa in 

wiieh you mix ; but it is the frequen- 
cy and earneftness with whieh 
meditate on these tlm. the 

truth which may be in t.'n-m boeomea 
your o*n and j-urt of \oiir being, 
that ensures your spiritual growth. 

The pursuit in whieh M cannot 

ask 6od*l protcoti-u ia criminal ; (T 

: til© pleasure f.r which w. « .mne: {"' 

thank him e.winot be innoeent. > 

l tft 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., April 17, 1866. 

« OK HI MO MM \« I 



shunned 



Dear Editor .—So. 12 of Com- 
}>iini<i>i came to hand to-day, and as 
my mind was very hungry fur spirit- 
ual food, I partook of the contents 
with great eagerness, till I came to 
Editors 1'iarv, No, 15 ; in reading, 
my si^lit began to fail me so, that I 
had tu lay it by for a while, till the 
affect of the suhject which caused 
the dimness of sight had subsided, 
and lo ! till 1 had finished reading, 
my sight became so clear that 1 
could look back into the past, and 
behold scenes, if not verbatim as 
those recorded or held forth in No. 
16, yet of as touching a nature, of 
which I will relate a few. 

More than thirty years ago, I be- 
came acquainted with a brother, a 
speaker in the church, whose calls 
were BO numerous that 1 am safe in 
saying, one-third of his time was 
used by the church, or public. He 
lived on a new place, commenced 
in the woods, and had no means but 
his own strong hand. Many times, 
coming home from his labor (min- 
isterial labor) he changed his clothes, 
went in his black-smith shop until 
evening worship ; then went into the 
house, rousing up his boys, who were 
dosing, sung a few verses, read 
some, offering up his evening sacri- 
fice. In the morning early he was 
in his shop again, until called to 
breakfast. His morning devotion 
performed, breakfast over, would 
perhaps get on his horse for another 
day of public service ; if not, his 
dailv round of labor was the task. — 
Finally, bodily labor went hard; he 
sold his farm which was now open, 
but no help ; he reserves a little 
Bpot to live on, expecting the inter- 
est would keep him and wife ; but 
the first year being round, the in- 
terest and one hundred dollars of 
the principal were gone. He had 
to change and shift, change and 
shift, and finally died pennyless, — 
nay \w.r-<\ charity sustained and 
buried him. While he was able to 
go, no call was refused, no l*bor 



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no time counted ; but all 
to the church ; and how 
often unut he hear, yes, if brother 
1 II. would manage a little better he 
might be in better circumstances. — 
How painful the reflection, when 
you have struggled against the viles 
of Satan and the suggestions of na- 
ture, then to hear reproof from those 
for whom you have labored, and 
who are expected to sympathize with 
you ! But as gold only becomes 
brighter by rubbing, so the faithful 
minister is made perfect by tribula- 
tion. But the serious question 
comes up, who in the resurection, 
shall be entitled to the plaudit, 
"Well done thou good and faithful 
servant," &c. Is it the poor minis- 
ter, or his well to-do members ? or the 
church at large ? 

I well remember also, when I was 
very young yet in the church, I pro- 
posed to the brethren to make up a 
little money for a poor preacher 
that traveled through and pieached 
for us. The money was raised, but 
I was afterwards taken aside by a 
visit brother, and reproved, saying 
it would not do to pay preachers. — 
This caused me to ask the question 
when there was a number of elders 
together : "Do the brethren never 
take anything for their time and la- 
bor ?" The answer was put from 
one to another till the last one had 
to answer, and it was : " We take 
nothing, becavM we lon't get it; but 
we would often need it. Then each 
one of them gave a sample of their 
journey of life, till my heart ached, 
and the tears flowed, not only from 
my own eyes, but from the eyes of 
every one of them, and the last 
words spoken were, "If it were not 
for the promise held forth in the 
word of God, we would often falter ; 
but thanks to God, hi? word is able 
to uphold us in every trial. 

Thus, dear Editor, I have partly 
unburdened my heart, but dare not 
divulge my own experience, and I 
hope none of your readers will be 
offended in reading this, which is 
not given by way of complaining, 
but to divulge truth, and to give the 
n-ii'lors an opportunity to reflect, 
and to see who doth his duty. 



1 am utterly opposed to salaried 
'< preaching. 

I will give you my name, but 
hope the readers will excuse you, if 
' you don't give the same. 

Brother Hohinger i — Please pub- 
j lish the following extract of a letter. 
I I consider the subject it refers to of 
importance, and being personally 
acquainted with Elder Neff, I can 
| certify to the truth, and importance 
of his suggestions. 
' "Franklin Co., Va., Mar. 27, '66. 
Dear Brother : — I have been made 
to rejoice, when I think of the sym- 
pathy and brotherly love manifested 
i by our brethren East and West, 
i towards the suffering poor of the 
I South, in making such a liberal con- 
! tribution for our relief ; for which 
we feel thankful to our brethren for 
their liberality and love. But as I 
have recently seen a letter from a 
brother in the State of Ohio, which 
has drawn me out, to write these 
few lines to you, as you have been 
appointed an agent for the charity 
fund, I will insert one clause of that 
letter, which reads thus : " There 
was a brother from Va., by the 

name of passed through here. 

He was a smart man, and after 

preaching he would rise up with 

tears in his eyes, and set forth the 

sufferings of the South with horror, 

so that our church made up $44, for 

I him, and the Miainia church about 

j the same, and he is gone on preach- 

' ing, and I have no doubt he will get 

I thousands of dollars." Now that 

1 brother may have been all right, I 

cannot tell : but would it not be a 

great pity if the brethren should be 

imposed upon. It is true, times are 

somewhat hard here, but as far as 

! my knowledge extends in the South 

Western part of Va., I know of no 

i real suffering, and we have great 

cause to be grateful to an overruling 

i Providence, that He has provided 

for us, and sustained us through our 

difficulties. But I do not know so 

f much about the brethren in the North- 

Eastern part of Va.: but could not 

this or something like it be published 

through the Corojumion or Gotpel 

l'i»itor, that where there is great 

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of the church, that no hrethren should 
go to make a collection without au- 
thority from their church, with a 
k-ttcr, showing where it is needed 
and how much, so that our brethren 
in the East and "West may be upon 
their guard against being imposed 
upon ; and contribute to no one who 
did not have' the proper authority 
from the church. Now, brother Dan- 
iel, I will submit this to your con- 
sideration, and if it meets your ap- 
probation please have this or some- 
thing like it published, as I have not 
been a correspondent for the Visitor, 
nor the Companion. 

AliRAIlAM Nkfk." 

I would only remark, that imposi- 
tion is possible, but if any churches 
are imposed upon, by evil designed 
persons, the fault is with them, and 
not the church at large. The breth- 
ren at last Y. M. guarded against it 
by appointing Iheir agent through 
whom their alms should be distribu- 
ted. But thus far I am happy to 
say I have received no letter on the 
subject from the brethren South, 
from any one that is a stanger to 
me, and I can vow for their veracity 
and fidelity. I stand amenable 
to the Y.'M. for the faithful dis- 
charge of the trust imposed upon 
me, until I am released by action of 
the same ; hence all the dictations 
from the brethren and sisters through 
the columns of the Companion, ad- 
vising a departure from the action 
of last Yearly Meeting amount to 
nothing. 

Hattio F. Miller in No. 13, writes 
on erder, in which occurs this pas- 
sage : "In Companion of March 
6th, we have a letter from brother 
\). P. Sayler, stating that the breth- 
ren in Va. and Tenn. have no fur- 
ther need of help, and that nothing 
has been paid out since November, 
18fio." Here, says the sister, "we 
Heed some order" I think the 
sister needs some order, for where 
she sot thai idea out 01 my letter, 
1 am unable to s;i\ , tor 1 certainly 
wrote DO lUoh thing, neither U there 
any mich thing printed in mv letter 
referred to. Brother Bj erls - 
in his letter, that they in his part 
of the church were not in need ; but 
why chary that to met If sister 



Miller will read again she will see 
that on the 22nd of November, I 
forwarded to brother Bverly $400 ; 
to P. R. Wrightsman $I000', and to 
S. Garber $2000, and that too by 
order of council meeting called 
at my request at which all the val- 
ley churches were represented. 

In regard to the possibility of im- 
position being perpetrated upon the 
Brethren North, I will here say, 
that a short time ago a stranger 
called at my residence, and repre- 
sented himself as a brother from Sa- 
vannah, Ga., and that he had lost 
his all at the hands of the rebels, 
and that he with his wife and chil- 
dren was now some 8 miles off, home- 
less and houseless, &c, &c. I told 
him at once, he was not a brother; 
he contended he was, but he soon 
found he had joined the wrong man, 
that my knowledge of the brethren 
South, was of such a character that 
his deception was detected ; he be- 
came the most anxious man to get 
away I ever saw. 

D. P. SAYLER. 

Double Pipe Creek, Mi. 

m m 

Brother lIAtsinyer : — This arm of 

| the church has agreed to raise fifty 

dollars for the suffering in the South ; 

but according to the sentiment ad- 

1 vanced by brother D. P. Sayler, 

and the amount yet in his hands for 

distribution, we are at a loss to know 

whether it will be needed. We 

hope to hear from brother D. P. 

I soon again, as he is most implicated 

in the matter. 

ENOCH EBT. 
Duncannon, III. 

— m 

AiinoiiiM-niM-ut*. 

Br<>ther Holtinaer : — According 

to arrangements of the brethren, 

and God willing, the following Com- 

amnion Meetings will be held : 

Au-hwirh, Huntingdon Co., l'a., 

May Mill and 9th. 

LewUtown, Mifllin Co., l'a., lt'th 

and 1 lth. 

Buffalo, Union Co., l'a.. loth 
and 1 lth. 

' I 'reek, Juniata Co., l'a.. 1 t'.th 
and 17th. 



and should necessarily be at Mt. [A 
Union on Monday, and inform the r * 
brethren of their coming ; and those ^ ' 
stopping at the Lewistown meeting, 
stop at Lewistown ; and those for 
Lost Creek, at Mifflin. A general 
invitation is extended to the breth- 
ren and sisters. In behalf of the 
Church. JOHN O. GLOCK. 

A. L. FUNK. 



A Communion Meeting in the 
Georges Creek branch, Fayette Co., 
Pa., (Fair view meeting-house) on 
the 20th and 27th of may. We 
wish to extend a hearty invitation, 
through the Companion t to any 
hrethren or sisters who will be kind 
enough to visit u? at that time. — 
Brother Grabill Myers promised us 
a visit, and as 1 do not know his 
address, 1 take this method of re- 
minding him of it. 

JACOB MACK. 

Brother Grabill Myers' address is 
El Dorado, Blair Co.*, Pa. 



A Communion Meeting in the War- 
rior's Mark branch. Pa., on the 27th 
of May. The usual invitation is ex- 
tended. 




Sister Hannah Knauff, of Coving- 
ton, Miami Co., Uhio, informs us 
that the Brethren at that place have 
had a Sunday-School in operation 
for about four years, and this vear 
it was kept up all winter. 

m m 

Seven. — A kind young b 
has sent us a collection of the differ- 
ent passages of Scripture, in which 
the word seven occurs. We are 
thankful for the favor, but would 
set that she also add the refer- 
ences, showing in what Book, < 
tor, and verse tin several j a-- 
are to be found. It wyuld then be 
a valuable concordance. If she will 
complete it, we will return the man- 
uscript for tl. . se. 

Notice. -We have on our hit a 
number of names which have do 
credit. It is now the time that all 



Brethren coming from tl.. W'm 
to Anghwich, wiU nop at Mt. 1 n ujht to be paid, and what ooj I • v 



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be <1 >nc, must not be left undone. — 
Those who cannot pay will please 
inform us, if they have not already 
done so, that we know how to reckon 
our finances. 

No Name. — In another column 
will be found an article, to which we 
have not given the author's name. 
We claim the privilege of omitting 
the names, for prudential reasons, 
but in all cases the writer should give 
his name to the publisher, as a guar- 
antee against fraud, and imposition. 
In the case alluded to, the writer's 
name might lead to personal reflec- 
tions, which the author wishes to a- 
void. 

fliicsll IIS. 

1. Does the standing still of the 
sun at the saying of Joshua (Joshua 
10 : 12. 13.) clash with the science 
of Astronomy, which tells us that 
the earth revolves ? 

2. Does the parable of the tares 
(Matt. 13.) teach the doctrine of 
non-expulsion of Church members, 
from the Church militant. 

The latter query may appear sim- 
ple, but there are some who contend 
that the Church has no right to ex- 
pel any member, no matter what his 
conduct may be. 

W. J. H. Bauman. 






Thing* worth knowing. 

I know that my Redeemer liveth. 
Job. 19: 25. 

1 know in whom I have believed, 
and am persuaded that he is able to 
keep that which I have committed 
unto him against that (Jay. 2 Tim. 
1: 19. 

Ye know that he was manifested 
to take away our Bins. 1 John 3 : 5 

We know that all things work to- 
gether for good to them that love 
God, &c. Rom. 8: 28. 

We know that if our earthly house 
of this tabernacle were dissolved, wc 
have a building of God, a house not 
uKi'le with hands, eternal in the hea- 
vens. 2 Cor. 5:1. 

We know that when he shall ap- 
pear we shall be like him ; for we 
shall see him ax he as. 1 Jno. 3 : 2. 



It Never Dries up. — I was stay- 
ing at a village on the coast, where 
the people had to bring all their wa- 
ter from a well. " Is this well ever 
dry ?" I inquired. " Dry ? yes 
ma'am, very often in hot weather." 
" And where do you go then for wa- 
ter ?" " To the spring a little way 
out of town." " And if the spring 
dries up ?" " Why, then we go to 
the stream higher up, — the best wa- 
ter of all." » But if that fails ?"— 
" Why ma'am, that stream never 
dries up, — never. It is always the 
same, winter and summer." I went 
to see this precious stream which 
" never dries up." It was a clear 
sparkling rivulet, coming down from 
the high hills, not with torrent-leap 
and roar, but with the steady flow 
and soft murmur of fullness and free- 
dom. It flowed down to the high- 
way side. It was within reach of 
every childs little pitcher. It was 
enough for every empty vessel. The 
small birds came down thither to 
drink. The sheep and lambs had 
trodden down a little path to its 
brink. The thirsty beasts of burden 
along the dusty road, knew the way, 
(as I could see by their tracks) to 
the stream that " never dries up." — 
It reminded me of the waters of life 
and salvation, flowing from the "rock 
of Ages," and brought within reach 
of all men, by the gespel of Jesus 
Christ. Every other brook may 
grow dry, but this heavenly spring 
never ceases to flow. 



Religion consists much in yielding 
ourselves up to the will of God — ac- 1 
cepting the terms of his mercy ; j 
avoiding whatever he would disap- [ 
prove ; and doing the work he has ; 
given us to do to promote his glory 
in the happiness of mankind. 



DIED. 

In the Clover Creek brnneli, Blair Co., Pa., 
April ftth, of linirering Consumption, brother 
8A.VUEL CLAPPER ; aped 32 years, 3 month 
and 30 days. Leaving a sorrowing wife, and 
2 children to mourn their loss. Funeral from 
EUr. 14 : 12, 13, by Eld. G. Brumbaugh and 
the writer to a large audience. 

D. M. FIolsinokr. 

In the Dunnings Creek branch, Bedford Co , 
Pa., .Varch 2Sth, ALBERT, oon of brother 
Samuel and 6lster Catharine BURGER, and 
grand-son of elder Leonard Furry ; aged 6 



year*, 8 months, and 14 days. The child suf- ( 
fared extremely, the disease being a spinal A 
affection. It could not walk for upwards of [ 
two years, and for more than one year had 
running ulcers continually. Thus we some- 
times see the hand ot affliction laid upon the 
innocent child, a sad picture of the mortality 
of the human family ; which should be taken 
as a call and a warning to all, to seek after 
immortality ; eternal life, <fce. 

J. 8. &. T. 8. Holmnger. 
In the Tnlpehaeken branch, Lebanon Co., 
Pa., April 8th, brother ISAAC BRUBAKER, 
minister of the Gospel ; aged 50 years, 3 mo., 
and 25 days. 7/e was hurried to-day (April 
10th) in the Brethren's grave-yard, in the 
presence of a large assembly of mourners. — 
Funeral discourse by brother Jacob Hollinger 
and the writer, from Rev. 14 : 13 and Matthew 
25 : 23. He leaves behind a widow, 5 sons and 
3 daughters ; he was a member of the Church 
for 18 years, and a minister for 12 years. 

Joun Zco. 

List of money** received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

Noah B. Blough, Stoystown, Pa. .50 

Michael Myers^ Shirleysburg, P«. 1.50 

Henry Rhodes, do 1.50 

Geo. Garver, do 1.50 

Jas R. Lan», do 1.50 

Isaac 8. Black, Nowville, Pa. 1.50 

Jacob Mack, .Vasontown, Pa. 2.00 

W. E. Craft, Vermont. 111." 1.50 

.Tames B. Craft. Virginia, 111. 1.50 
Eld. Johu H. Umstad, Port Providence, 

Pa. 1.50 

Ehsha Billcw, Port Providence, Pa. 1.50 

Ab. B. Roscnberry, do 1.50 

Jacob Z. Gotwaltz, Shannon ville, Pa. 1.50 

H. U. Umstad, Quincy, Pa. 1.50 
Andrew Summers, North Georgetown O, 1.50 

John Keim, Ilawpatch, Ind. 1.20 

John 2/ollcr, Hagerstown, Ind., .50 

Silas Davies, Gomer, Ohio 1.00 

Simon Dohner, Cornwall, Pa., 1.00 

Susan Kimrncll, Auburn, 111. .50 

David Holsinger. Foreston, III. 1.50 

Daniel Bowman, Dayton, Va. 1.50 

THE 

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Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henry R. Holsinger. who is a member of 
the " Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the name of ''German Baptists," & 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Dunkurdt." 

The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on hht way to Zion. 

It assumes that the New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can havt the 
promise of salvation without observing all itt 
requirement* ; that among these are Faith. Re- 
pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
sion. Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion. Charity. Non-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

So much of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the signs of the times, or such as may tend 
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the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
ing all occasion for coming into contact with 
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VOLUME H. TYRONE CITY, PA., TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1866. 



Number 17. 



Selected for the Companion- 
Be not the First. 

Oh be not the flrnl to discover 
A blot on the fame of a friend, 

A flaw in the faith of a brother, 

Whose heart may prove true Id the end. 

We, none ot us know one another, 

And oft into rrror we fall ; 
Then let us apeak well of our brother, 

Or not apeak about him at all. 

A smile or a sigh may awaken 
Suspicion most false and undue ; 

And thus our belief may be shaken 
In hearts that are honest and true. 

How often the light smile of gladness 
Is worn by the friend that we meet, 

To cover a soul full of sadness, 
Too proud to acknowledge defeat. 

How often the sigh of dejection 
Is heaved from the hypocrite's breast, 

To parody truth and affection, 
Or lull a suspicion to rest. 

Hew oft en the friends we hold dearest 
Their noblest emotions conceal ; 

And bosoms the purest, sincerest, 
Have secrets they cannot reveal. 

Leave base minds to harbor suspicion, 
. And small ones to trace our delects — 
"Let ours be a nobler am'iition, 

For base la the mind that suspects. 

We, none of us know one another, 

And oft into error we fall ; 
Then let us speak well of our brother, 

Or not speak about him at all. 

MART B- STORM. 



For the Companion. 
I,ove. 

A LETTER TO BROTHER DANIEL LONGE- 
NECOR, OF ADAMS CO., PA. 

. " God i* love:' " In the begin- 
ning was the Word, and the Word 
was witli God, and the Word was 
God." " Thy Word la truth." Love 
and truth are inseverable. A life 
of Truth is a life of Love, and vice 
verta. Truth is the daughter of 
God. '• Ihe same WSfl in the begin- 
ning with God." Without the W W ord 
which is truth," " was not anything 
made th;tt was made." Any life, how- 
ever amiable and faultier in the 
eves of the world, which is not a trans- 
cript of the * 'truth,' ' i-> not I love life. 
fW herein ve is there iiTruth.andw here 
both are there is God. Any evolu- 
tion of life which dor.- not grow up 
normally out of the Word, and emit 






the bloom and fragrance of love, is 
not the " Life Everlasting." The 
love of life and the life of love are 
the centripetal and centrifugal for- 
ces of the church of God. They are 
conservative and aggregative. They 
bind to the truth, and weld together 
those who are of the truth, assimila- 
ting to the Mystical Body new mate- 
rial and quickening it with its own 
Life. As we can form no definite 
conception of color without seeing 
it, so man necessarily underestimates 
the power of that love which can 
only be felt by coming within the 
circle of a superhuman arrangement. 
" The world knoweth us not." We 
are human, look like others as far 
as the mere human is concerned, and 
are subject to like natural influence 
with others, and suffer the penalty of 
infringement of natural laws, so that 
the world must have very ample and 
powerful evidence to admit that we 
are " not of the world while we are 
in it." The world wants and must 
have a distinction of life and not 
merely a distinction m life. This 
contrast was given in all its vivid- 
ness, grandeur, and beauty in the 
person of Christ, and has ever since 
been maintained, in a minor degree, 
by his true disciples. This distinc- 
tion is Love in the form of Life — a 
living, breathing, acting Zovt, labor- 
ing, toiling, weeping, sweating, bleed 
ing, groaning, dying, in order, by 
by this wondrous process, to Inspnere 
itself into the dead, corrupt mass of 
hum&nity, and mould it into the glo- 
rtooa, perfect ideal of Infinite Love, 
o marvelous condeeceniion, unipea- 
kable grace, incomprehensible love ! 

Into this den of pollution, this hmint 
of sin and v,retehe<lue-.-, this nurtur- 
ing home rebellion, did the immacu 

late l.imb of God deecend to pluck 
myriad- of souk from the malignant 
grasp of the destroyer, ihut the 
mouth of Hell tothose who were per 

Iv clamorous for admission in- 
to its fiery surges, and open wide 



the " everlasting doors" of glory for 
— even poor me. Oh the hallowed 
memories of the Cross ! How the 
grateful soul goes forth iu "hope, 
faith, and love," into that within the 
veil, eager to clasp, in blessed reali- 
ty, the feet that were nailed to the 
accursed tree, and pour itself 
forever as a willing oblation into 
the bosom of the Eternally belov- 
ed. 

The mystery of the Cross finds no 
adequate type in nature. So also 
with Christian Love. If the Christ 
of the Cross is ours, the Cross of 
Christ will be more precious than 
the wealth and glory of empires. — 
The Cross is the symbol of Christ's 
Love, and it must, in all his follow- 
ers, be the power of their life ex- 
pressed in Love. We have no cri- 
terion whereby to distinguish be- 
tween natural affection and Chris- 
tian Love, but what we possess for 
ascertaining the distinction between 
the Love of Christ, and that which 
springs from the highest develop- 
ment and purest motives of mere hu- 
manity. Man is not naturally in- 
clined to " love his enemies," to 
li bless them that curse him, do good 
to them that hate him, and pray for 
them which desnttefullv USfl him, and 
persecute." Yet such a being only 
could achieve the redemption of the 
race, and the exemplification of these 
God like traits can alone make his 
redemption effective. Sad it been 
impossible, in the essential charac- 
ter of God, to make man, itn I ||| 
Nfr, the object of Sovereign 1 
our " eternal banishment from the 
DOS of the Lord, and from the 

Jtlorj of his power," had been a 
oregone ne< 

A- is the Love of Goorto us, that it 
must iibo be in, or else our affec- 
tions will never express themselves 
in a t_\ | 
the carnal heart. The Church of L ^ 

Christ is the greatest miracle io the M 

world to-day. The mi:. Christ 






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are perennial, ami repeat themselves 
in a different form. The same 

Lite that expressed itself in miracles 

in the person of Christ, also is the 
r of self-subjugation in each 

member of hii body, and thus the 



and length j and depth and height" 
of this mystery of love, as they will 
of attaining to the absolute perfec- 
tions of the Godhead, or exhausting 

tuc years of eternity. 

This love has been entrusted to 



aggregate 



subjection of the world, 
Standing mystery of its 

What Christ was when on 
earth. He was by virtue of his es- 
sential nature, — lave : whatever pe- 
culiarity distinguishes the Church 
from the world, is referable to the 
principle. " lie that dwelleth 
in Love, dwelleth in God, and God 
in him." " God is Love." His 



ami the the Brethren as a sacred deposit, to 
be dispensed in the sanctuary, elab- 
orated at the fireside, and flow as a 
stream of living water into every 
channel ond department of life as 
far as their influence extends. Not 
chat the brotherhood is in all respects 
what it ought to be, and much less 
because I am not what I wish to be, 
but because its life and power is as 
name faithfully represents his nature, manifestly drawn by a vital union 
Christ is " the brightness of his glo- f rom the founder of Christianity, as 
rv, and the express image of his per- his record is found in the New Tes- 
on.*' Eternal love gives " the light | tament, as the topstone of a building 
of the knowledge of the glory of j 3 connected with and mediately ba- 
God in the face of Jesus Christ." — \ se( j U p 0n the cornerstone. There is 
Unless the face of the Church, and j no people to be found like ther Beth- 
of every individual member, reflects . ren? an( j there is no true way of ac- 
•' rhe irlory of God," even as it wrs counting for their peculiarity, than 
reflected " in the face of Jesus : U p on the ground that they are or- 
Christ," we are " none of his." The 



possession and exhibition of a love 
that luxuriates in humiliation and 
self-denial, as a deep, central element 
of our daily life, is termed a dwell- 
ing in God. "Where love is want- 
ing — that peculiar love which over- 
tops all other love as the heavens 
overarch the world — all is wanting. 



It is the most glorious and animating 

adumbration of the perfections of , carnate more than once, 

Incarnate Deitv, and the measure- 1 form not chronicled in the 



ganically united with a head from 
whose life and nature they derive 
their characteristics. If there is no 
other church to be found which lives 
its proper life in the sphere of the 
unseen, and has for it3 stay and di- 
rectory the Revelation of the invisi- 
ble, then no other church is based 
on the foundation of the Apostles 
and Prophets, unless God was in- 

and in a 
word of 



less joy and bliss of Heaven, that ■ God. This is not only " sound doc- 
thc world will ever witness. " By i trine," but sound philosophy — doc- 
this shall all men know that ye are trine which cannot be condemned 
my disciples, if ye have love one to and philosophy which cannot be dis- 
anothcr." "What can be a greater . puted without ignoring the testimony 
wonder — convincing the world by of Heaven. 

the highest possible form of argu- Christ not only tpoke as never 
raentjand what can be a greater man did, but what he spoke also went 
power — " drawing all men" to the forth as a feeling and a power in 
central, humanized embodiment of j his life, impressing, subduing, melt- 
salvation, than infinite everlasting ing, and winning the hearts of men 
Love walking the earth under the : by the " beauty of holiness" hnper- 
limitations of an " earthly taberna- j sonated. Here lies the power of 
clc," and in the inspiring, elevating love. If Christ could not save the 
proximity of a mortal fellowship! — world without humbling himself; if 
Although the redeemed have an c- he could, not even approach the na- 
ternity in reversion through the ture in which alone his great pur- 
boundless ages of which to explore pose could be effected, without a di- 
thc wonders of " God manifest in | vestifrc of his Divine prerogatives, it 
the flesh," they will forever fall as • | 9 evident that the only peculiarity 
far short of measuring the " breadth | that marks a radical distinction be- 



tween the true church and all self- 
organized associations, must consist 
in an essential Love life, which for- 
gets itself in the life of others as tru- 
ly as did that of Jesus. Love is the 
threat balancing wheel in the Chris- 
tian Character. It is the corner- 
stone, the topstone, the life, joy, and 
powei of the Church. So sublime, 
so magnificant, so plainly divine is 
this quality, that when it rightly 
takes possession of us, and we of it, 
we stand before the world in majes- 
ty which is acknowledged as marvel- 
ous. The world cannot appreciate 
it, yet it often stands in awe of it, 
and in some sense feels the import 
of the Savior's words, " Ye are the 
salt of the earth." While sectarians 
deride us for claiming to be the " lit- 
tle flock ;" they wonder at our pow- 
er, and tacitly admit our superior 
conformity to primitive Christianity. 
If the likeness of Jesus hangs in the 
gallery of the soul, it will surely 
shine through the exterior in the 
same lineaments that distinguished 
him when on earth. 

C. B. BALSBAtJGH. 
Union Deposit, Pa. 

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For tht Companion. 
Caution. 

To the Brotherhood throughout the 
North and West greeting : 

Having occasion to write unto 
you generally, we take this method 
to communicate to you the informa- 
tion that we desire, as a caution to 
enable you to guard against imposi- 
tions, that may be practiced upon 
you, induced by youi sympathy for 
your suffering brethren of the South, 
and the evidence you have given of 
vour kind disposition to contribute 
for our relief, in t'.ie liberal and vol- 
untary donations you have made 
and thrown into our lap, in the hour 
of our extreme privation and distress, 
for which we avail ourselves of this 
opportunity to return to you our un- 
feigned thanks, as the fruit of the 
iverflowing gratitude of our hearts, 
which is all that we can give ; and 
our prayer is that God who loves 
the cheerful giver, ar.d who has 
moved you thus to open wide your 
hand, will continue to shower his 
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as faithful stewards are worthy to be 
entrusted with his goods. 

Whereat, we are informed that 
there are persons representing them- 
selves as brethren, traveling through 
your country, soliciting your chari- 
ty, further, for the relief of the suf- 
fering of the South. 

Now in order that you may not 
be imposed upon, we advise that 
you pay no attention to any such 
claims, unless the person making 
them comes fully authorized, with 
proper credentials, signed by the 
churches from whence they come, 
with their authority clearly defined, 
and then in all cases, let your 
contributions be thrown together, 
and a receipt taken for the amount. 
With high regard, as the Standing 
Committee of the district council meet- 
ing of the State of Virginia, held in 
he County of Roanoke, we subscribe 
ourselves in the bonds of the Gospel. 

Christian'. Bowman. 

Daniel Barnuart. 

Abrm. Neff. 

Jacob Faw. 

Solomon Garber. 

Peter Crumpacker. 

Daniel Thomas. 

B. P. Moomaw, Sect'y. 

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hortlie Companion. 
Angel Serenade*. 

Serenades are of very remote 
origin. There are two instances re- 
corded in Holy Writ, where angel 
bands with harps of gold left the 
courts of heaven and greeted earth 
with music. Rend if you will the 
mist of ages and stand upon the new- 
born earth, and listen to the first 
grand symphony as it floats far a- 
way among revolving spheres. It 
is creation's first glad pean, and n I 
wonder the " morning stars Bang to- 
gether, and all the sons of God shou- 
tedfbrioy." The murmuring streams 
caught and threw back the glad re- 
lVain, and (brent! irhi pered it to one 
another until the i bare ootne 

" down the corridor of time, "and re 

sound throughout, oreationi breadth. 
We can easily imagine non from 

world bo win Id, and from sphere to 

sphere that Hung was taken op and 
Increased, until space itself was till 
ed with the choral shout. But, 



The. song is hushed — the morning past, 
Alas! for earth the die is east." 

Again the mists roll back, and at 
midnight upon an eastern plain the 
shepherds guard their flocks. Above 
them moon and stars burn in soften- 
ed radience, and Judea's extended 
landscape is bathed in splendor. — 
A deep and awful hush was around 
them, when suddenly a glad tri- 
umphant sound fell on their listen- 
ing ears. An angel of the Lord 
proclaims an infant Savior, — and lo ! 
a multitude from heaven appear and 
the " Gloria in excelsis" swells and 
breaks in harmony. Peace on earth 
good will toward men is the burden 
of the song. Awed stricken and 
charmed that little band gazed until 
the vision faded away into the dim 
light of heaven, and the star of Beth- 
lehem arose to guide them on their 
pathway. 

Though we have felt music's pow- 
er to charm, and yielded to its hal- 
lowed influence, methiuks there nev- 
er was a sweeter note breathed over 
earth than that of the herald angels. 
Though eighteen centuries have roll- 
ed into eternity, yet that sadly sweet 
anthem forms the harmonizing key 
note in our discordant natures. Glurv 
to God in the highest. 

L. H. MILLER. 



Putting ofT Repentance. 

A hermit w;u conducted by an 
angel into a wood, where he saw an 
old man cutting down boughs to make 
up a burden. When it was large, 
he tied it up and attempted to lift it 
on his shoulders and carry it away, 
but finding it verv heavy he laid it 
down again, cut more wood and hea- 
ped it on, and then tried again to j 
carry it otf*. This he repeated sev- 
era] times; always adding something 
to the load, after trying in vain to 
rale • it from the ground. In the 
mean thn • the hermit, id at 

the old man's folly, doeirod tfa 
g ■! !•> explain what this mean 

- i'ou behold," said he, '• in the \ 

foolidi old man, an exact represei 
tation who, being mad 

sibls of the burden of th ir sins, re 

1 1 repent, but s " >u gron 
rj . and instead of lessening their 
burden, in it eyerj day. At 



each trial they find the task beaviei 
than it was before, and so put off a 
little longer, iu the vain hope that 
they will, by and by, be more a Le 

I to accomplish it. Thus they goon 

1 adding to their burden, till it grows 
too heavy to be borne, and then in 

i despair of God's mercy, and with 
their sins unrepeuted of, they lie 
down and die. Turn again my son, 
and behold the end of the old man 
whjtn thou sawest heaping up a load 

| of boughs." The hermit looked, 
saw him in vain attempting to re- 
move the pile, which was accamula- 

I ted far beyond his strength to rise. 

i His feeble limbs tottered under their 
bur len ; the poor remains oi his 
strength were fast ebbing away ; the 
darkness of death was gathering 
a.-ound him ; and after a convulsive 
and impotent attempt t) lift up the 
pile he fell down and expired. 

Victory over Death. — Death is 
mighty. All must meet this foe. — 
And all must yield in the struggle. 
Even the Saints, clad in the moat 
perfect armor ; protected by the hel- 
met, the breast-plate, and the shield, 
and wielding the sword, moat fall in 
the first conflict. But thoy fall to 
rise again. Even when they 
they triumph. The soui is "at* once 
victor over sin's sting, and the body 
will also, ere long, come fo: 
strength and beauty. The victory 
will then be complete, and the 
will be crowned m glory. — Prttby- 
■n B uiutr. 

Deeds. — De ds are greater than 
words. Deeds have iuoh a life, 
mute, but undeniable, and grow .i^ 

. . 1 froit-trees do ; they 
people the vacuity of Time, and 

make it green and worthy. Why 

should the oak pr 

it ought to grow, and will gr 

it, try it ; what dili- 

gent, judii .ion and »«• 

cretion it ha>. of progress an 1 r 
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For the Companion. 
■ low It. u«l«-r Thou ? Lake 10: 36. 

TU one thine now to read the Bible through, 

And soother thing to read, to learn and do. 

'Tli one thing now to read It with delight, 

And qnite another thing to read it right. 

Some read it with design to leiirn to read, 

But to subject pay hut little heed. 

Some read It as their duty, onee a week, 

But no Instruction from the Bible seek ; 

TVhilat others read it with but little care, 

With no retard to how they read, or where. 

Some read It aa a history to kunw, 

How people lived three, thousand years ago. 

Borne read to bring themselves Into repute, 

By showing others how they can dispute ; 

WhlUl others read because their neighbor's do, 

To »ec how long twill take to read it through. 

8ome read it for the wonder* that nre there, 

How David killed a lion and a bear ; 

Whilst others read, or rather in it look. 

Because, perhaps, they have no other book. 

8ome read the blessed book, they don't know why, 

It sometimes happens in the way to lie ; 

Whilst others read it with uncommon care. 

But all to find some contradiction there. 

Borne read as tho' It did not speak to them, 

But to the people at Jerusalem. 

One reads it as a book of mysteries. 

And won't believe the very thing he sees. 

One reads with father's specks upon his head, 

And sees the thing just as his father said. 

Another reads through Campbell or through Scott, 

And thiuks it means exactly what theythonghi ; 

Whilst others read the Book through 11 Ballou, 

And if it cross his track it can't be true. 

8omc read to prove a preadoptcd creed, 

Thus understand but little what they read ; 

Kor every passage in the Book they bend, 

To make it suit that all important end. 

Some people read, as I often thought, 

To teach the book, instead of being taught; 

And some there are who read it out of Bpite, 

I fear there are but few who read it right. 

So many people in these latter days, 

Have read the Bible in so many ways, 

That few can tell which system i6 the best, 

For every party contradicts the rest. 

JOHN BRIN'DLE. 



For the Companion. 
Regenerat ion. 

The term generation comes from generate, signifying 
to beget, to propagate, to produce a being similar to 
the Parent. Regeneration then signifies to be genera- 
ted the second time, or born again, the second time. — 
The fin»t birth the Savior terms "being born of the 
flesh f the second birth he terms the birth of the Spirit, 
or being botn of water and of the Spirit. See the 3rd 
( h:i| te ■ o John. We wiH try in this essay to notice how 
this regeneration, or second birth is effected. 

All things are brought into existence, and kept in 
Btore bv tho unchangeable laws of God. When we 
consider how the whole human family is first brought 
into existence we are made to inquire why is it so ? 
Could not God speak men and women into existence as 
he did our first parents ? especially when he wants an 
individual for a special purpose, as a Moses, a Jonah, 
and o Jesus, kc. We must readily conclude that God 
could do so, but this proves that his laws are fixed, and 
according to his laws of nature, he wills that all shall 
be generated, or born, according as he has ordained it 
should be ; all being first born of flesh. 




Now as the whole human family is firot brought into 
existence by God's power, through his fixed laws of na- 
ture, so we must all be regenerated, born again, into 
the family of God, through tne power of God, by God's 
divine law. There is a great similarity between the 
first birth, and the second. By the first birth, we are 
born into this world ; by the second we are born into 
the family of God ; by the first we have an earthly fath- 
er ; by the second we have a Father in heaven. Before 
the first there is always a conception. So must there 
always be before we can be born of water and the Spirit. 
And the seed of the second birth, the Savior tells us, is 
the word of God, which the heart must conceive, and if 
that seed falls in a sincere heart, it will produce faith, 
repentance, and a full resignation to the will of God. — 
The Savior tells us: (John 14: 24.) "The word 
which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent 
me ;" which proves that the seed of the new birth, 
which is the word of God, is direct from God. It like- 
wise proves that inasmuch as it is direct from God, the 
divine law is likewise fixed and unchangeable, as the 
laws of nature are. The Savior likewise says that his 
word was firmer than heaven and earth, " For heaven 
and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass 
away," and the words of the Savior being Spirit and 
life, the word and the Spirit must act together, to 
bring about regeneration. The Spirit is sent into the 
world to reprove (convince) the world of sin, of Righ- 
teousness, and of Judgment to come ; hence it is by the 
Spirit that God draws the 9inner unto Christ, through 
the word, and it is by Christ that we come unto God : 
and Christ having ascended unto the Father, he now 
has no body on the earth but his Church, where he has 
promised to be, even unto the end of the world ; and it 
is into this Church (the familv of God) that we have to 
be born, to become heirs of God, and joint heirs with 
Christ ; and that must be affected in the very same 
way that it was affected in the Apostle's time. Paul 
says: (Romans 6: 3.) "Know ye vot, that so many 
of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized 
into his death," "into Jesus Christ," into his body, into 
his Church, or into the family of God, "were baptized 
into his death." Also, (Gall. 3: 27.) "for as many 
of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on 
Christ. From these passages it is evident that Paul 
understood baptism to be the initiatory ordinance into 
the family of God, or the Church of God, which repre- 
sents the body of Christ. 

In order now that the subject born into the family of 
God, may be a legal heir of God, it is necessary that 
he be born according to the divine law of God, and 
Jesus informed Nicodemus that that is of "water and 
of the Spirit." From the foregoing and other Scrip- 
tures, it is evident that the subject is legally born into 
the family of God ; regenerated, born again by faith, 
repentance, and baptism, being accompanied by the i 
Spirit of God. And farther, we have the promise of ( ^ 
the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost i I 
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and upon no other conditions. Let us hear the Savior 
on this subject : (Mark 16: 16.) "He that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved, ai d he that believeth 
not shall be damned." Here our Lord and master 
promised salvation upon faith and baptism. Next let 
us hear Peter on the day of Pentecost, to the enquiring 
souls after Salvation: (Acts 2: 38.) "Peter said unto 
them, repent and be baptized every one of you, in the 
name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, and 
you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Peter 
here said nothing about faith, but it is evident that 
faith prompted the inquiry, to the inquiring bouIs after 
righteousness, on the day of Pentecost ; the inquiry it- 
self being sufficient evidenoe that they had faith in 
their preaching and in the Savior ; and therefore it was 
only necessary to repent and be baptized, and thus 
comply with the condition of salvation. The question 
here arises, U baptism a saving ordinance, or is it es- 
sential unto salvation ? From the foregoing verses, 
we must conclude that baptism, preceded, and accom- 
panied by faith and Evangelical repentance, is a saving 
ordinance, and is essential unto salvation. Let us 
further hear Peter on the subject : (1 Peter 3 : 21.) 
"The like figure whereunto baptism doth also now 
sa ve us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, 
but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by 
the resurection of Jesus Christ." 

Now if Peter understood the divine law of God, bap- 
tism is connected with regeneration, and with the prop- 
er prerequisites, is a saving ordinance. Paul also, to 
Titus 3 : 5, having reference to baptism, called it " the 
Washing of Regeneration ; and when Nicodemus came 
to Jesus by night, Jesus said unto him, (confirming it 
with a double verily,) "Except a man be born of wa- 
ter and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the King- 
dom of God." 

We have now by the help of God, being resigned to 
his will, and trust guided by his Spirit, endeavored to 
set forth Regeneration by the divine law of God, and 
whatever c-.ines short of that is not a legal birth, or 
adoption into the family of God. 

We are well aware that in so doing we are often mis- 
represent) d, termed "Scripture mongers," ke'.\ but let 
us for * few moments consider, where the Scripture 
monger* had their origin, and who they now are. — 
Perhaps the first preacher that wo may properly call 

that name, we read of In the 3rd chapter of Genesis, 

where he began to recapitulate God's word, and in the 
4th verse he changed the affirmative to a negative 
meaning, br adding the "Word "not;" where t;..d said 
"the day thou eaieafl thereof th..u shah riweh die," 

this j readier said, " Thou shait Not surely die. Tin* 
preacher presented himself here in the image or form 
of a serpent, How many sm h preachers do we 
now in these latter days or perilous times, who are 
ready to affix the very same little negative word HOT, 
in the word of God. When the Lord said, " He that 
9j believeth and is baptized shall be iaV( 1," the\ will tell 
^ us "He that believeth and is baptized uhall not be 



saved. When the Lord by his servant Peter said, "Re- 
pent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Chri>t, for ' 
the remission of sins ;" they will tell us "to repent and 
be baptized, but not for the remission of sins." When 
Peter tells us, "The like figure whereunto baptism doth 
also now save us," they will tell us, " The like figure 
whereunto baptism doth now not save us." kc. 

Now we appeal to every candid reader, and give it 
over for their own judgment to decide who are the 
, Scripture mongers ; those who contend for regeneration 
according to the divine laws of God, which is the pow- 
er of God unto salvation, to everv one that believeth, 
to the Jew first and also to the Greek ; or those who 
like the serpent change the true meaning of the word 
of God, bv adding and taking therefrom. Let God be 
true Owuyh man a liar. 

What I have written, I have written to advocate 
1 truth, and to expose error, and therefore give it over 
1 to the serious consideration of every candid reader, 
hoping we may all earnestly contend for the faith oi.ee 
delivered to the saints. I also hope, brethren, we have 
purified our souls in obeying the truth unto uufeined 
love of the brethren, being born again not of corrupti- 
ble seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of ' i .'. 
which liveth and abideth for ever. 

JOHN S. HOLSINGER. 
Alum Bank, Pa. 

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For th* Cumpu 
Our < outt'renoe. 

The brethren have been saying considerable in ref- 
! ference to a change, but have failed to touch the point 
that we think requires a change. We have no objee- 
j tion to the large concourse of people generally pr> - 
neither would we suggest a change that would prohibit 
brethren from attending ; but the change we think of 
most importance is in our method of transacting busi- 
ness. We think from what observation we have D 
there is too much want of system and '.rder : an! 

ten oi' importance are hastened through too quickly ; 

, and we also believe that decisions are made by a 
minority, in consequence of doing business as we d 
N'.w for the eha&ge. We think so far as - • the 

standing eommitee and sub-committee-, *i ,.iii do DO 
better. Thus far those empowered by the 
branches of the church alone, have participated, which 
ought u> be carried out in everj department of church 
business. Now after we have ■ decision bj the ^b- 
oommittees, let the secret ■■>■• • then let 

it >.e announced that the SUOJ 

by the delegates only ; after it has U-r!i 

ikienily, in the estimation of the standing conuu 
tad suyh modificatioi in the decL-iou of the 

committee as may be thought necessary to me 
mands of the general church, let it be announced 

the moderator, and then take a vote, whether t 



it or tot ; and let this be done bj the delegates only 

It will require but little time. Let th i| 

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oi nay. ' Bj doing as we have so, and let us know what you think 
suggested, we think more good that point is. 

would result from our annual delib- ■ Yours in the bonds of Christian 
orations. ' fellowship. 

Now we must say something in DANIEL SMITH, 

defence of the delegates transacting Huutin.jton, bid. 

all the business. \\ e certainly think , 

it is the only fair way. Then all Remarks Y 

the districts are equally engaged, 




And now, brother Smith, before 
we proceeed farther, we will here " t 
give you an extract from "Remarks" 
which we had prepared to follow an 
article of exhortation, by brother 
Daniel Snoebergcr, Vol. 1, page 
ou have touched i 238, which was prompted by one of 



which is right, for all are eqSlly "™e of the essential points, brother 

interested; but if all the members I Sraith > according to our view.— 

attending have a voice in the busi- There is not another subject on the 

ness transactions, tho»c branches in catalogue of our meditations andrc- 

the State or immediate neighbor- fleotioM upon whicb we feel 80 d 

hood of Conference, have the ad\ an- . ,. , _ 

r i< j- . , • , ; an interest and concern, as that of 

tage oi those more distant, which ' 

certainly cannot be fair. For in- j our Ann «al Council ; yet there is 
stance: we live a considerable dis- j also none upon which we feel so timid 
tance from the place of meeting, the j to write. We are conscious of our 



your essays on Voting, same volume 
page 205. After stating that your 
your letter had been written and re- 
ceived by us, previous to our last 
Council, and explaining why it was 
not published, we continued as fol- 
lows : 

We feel thankful to brother Snow- 
berger, and all our elder brethren, 
for watching over us with an eye of 
love ; but we would most earnestly 
request them not to be over zealous 
for the works of men. At the time 
brother Smith wrote the lines above 
re'erred to, there was no decision of 



coming season, and if we send two; ownwcaktQ 8ome d j 

delegates, we will do well. -Sow , . . , , ° 

would it be fair for a whole district | lcast ' we thmk ' and we arc suro 
near the meeting, to take a part ? tnat we desire to be subject to our 
We think not. We know this will elder brethren, yet we feel a deep 
be objected to, on the ground that ' conviction, a continual prompting 

w% are all brethren. Rut we know - f i ;'„ „_ . ■ ... ... 

., . , r .., ,, . , ,, within our soul, that somethings a- 

that each district will in nearly all ; , , ,, ° 

CtfN of importance, vote as its '^J ^ our Annual Meetings, are not j the church which he could have 
isters do. So you sec that our two j *" they should be. We have been ! heen said to have violated ; and 
delegates against a whole district patiently waiting for some other to j strictly speaking he cannot now, for 
would not be a fair representation. t^c up the case, and if possible, j he speaks not so much against the 
Now a few words in favor of vo- ' ^ ^ onft AqM be oue ft decisions of the Council, as the man- 

tine. In our cuurctw or council meet- . k _ , . . ° r , . • t i „ j „• • „ j 

the aged. Rut as the time appoint- ■ ner of obtaining those decisions, and 

ed for the convening of our next j expresses a doubt as to whether it 
Council is rapidly drawing nigh, ; was the sentiment of the majority of 
and as it is proposed then to make ; the delegates present. And I would 
another effort toward improvement, j say : be not too ready, brethren, to 
and as our impressions still remain ; condemn brother Smith for enter, 
unchanged, we have resolved to en- taininj such a doubt. Those who 



ings, we always vote on all subjects 
of any weight. What would you 
think of excommunicating a member 
by a few of the leading brethren, 
saying : "pass it." Now this is vir- 
tually done at our annual conferen- 
ces, every year ; for the dicisions 
passed, they were made binding; 



and the church is under obligations i deavor to comply with our convic- 



to expel those who do not subscribe 
to the same. This we think would 



be right, if business was done on the 
principle that we have presented 
above. 



attended the Annual Meeting of 
1864, will remember some revela- 



tions of duty, and give it over to our 

more experienced brethren, and the I tions that will bear upon this sub- 
fruits of our teachings to decide ject. It was there stated, by breth- 
whether we are influenced by the ren, that they had known persons 
Now brethren, we submit these j spirit of God, or the dictates of an to vote who were not so much as 



evil conscience. We are aware that | members of the church, and that 
our dictations will meet with objec- j they had boasted of having helped 
tions on account of our age and sta- j to "pass" the decision at the "Dunk- 
tion, but we feel that, unless we ex- j ard meeting." 

perience a chauge soon, we would i We have every confidence in the 
become a very old man, before Brethren that the wurd of God will 

r'\ \Y'-" r 'V " ' ' f °r wc should change our Sentiments for warrant us to entertain ; we believe it 
pro] I r to publish this, do so, ana if| ° . . 

wc have not touched the essential eVt ' r . v Annual Meeting we attend j is thr Church of the living bod ; but 
point, please in a note to this tell ua we become more confirmed. we arc equally conscious of the ( 



reflections of our mind for your can- 
did consideration, hoping that you 
•will not discard them in consequence 
of their modernism. If we can 
make a change to accomplish the 
same end in a better way, we see 
nothing wrong in doing so. 

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N ^ absolute necessity of keeping all 
things in proper order in the House 
of God, if we desire the continual 
presence of the Great Head. O ! 
brethren, let us be awake to our du- 
ty toward fellow members, and to- 
ward God as well as toward the 
letter of our traditions. For ourself 
we pray God that we may never 
fall into the judgment of the Church 
for violating any of its decisions, 
but with an equal earnestness we 
pray our heavenly Father to ena- 
ble us, as a member of that body, to 
do well the part allotted to us in 
making those decisions. Oh ! what 
burning thoughts possessed our mind 
while attending our late conference, 
when we reflected what great stress 
will be placed upon that which would 
be there transacted, and then no- 
ticed on the other hand, the appa- 
rent indifference with which some of 
those who were actors performed 
their part. Nor would we be under 
stood to say that there was any 
more visible mark of stolidity or 
facetiousness than on former occa- 
sions. Our heart burned within us 
when we heard the words of our 
martyred Moderator repeated, to 
guard against a spirit of pleasantry 
when acting upon matters concern- 
ing the House of God. And if there 
was one decision that impressed our 
mind more than another, it was that 
in which it was declared that the 
Annual Meeting makes no laws in 
Ca ses where it has no direct Gospel, 
but gives advice onlj . 

We will endeavor next to define 
our view* ((uite fully on all point! 
upon which we believe we need im- 
provement. 

We hold that the Church has the 
same privileges, an 1 authority to 
day, that it bad a thousand years 
ago. Also, that it !uw as much 
power to loosen as it ha* to bind. 



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Matth. 18 : 18. We make this pro- 1 named the name of Christ are not 
fusion also, that the Church has au- i unier the influence of his Holy spir- 
thoiity to legislate for itself on such it, it becomes necessary to devise 
subjects only, which the Scriptures ' some plan by which those who are 
do not clearly define. From these led by the spirit of God, may be set 
facts we reason, that the Brother- apart for the transaction of business 
hood has not only the privilege to in the House of God. 
pass new rules of polity, always, of j But we now discover that we have 
course, in accordance with the Di- not room in this No. to conclude 
vine Law, but also that we may re- our remarks upon this subject, there- 
peal such as shall appear to be un- , fore we will offer a few general sug- 
just, or unscriptural. But now for gestious, which might be too late 
the manner of obtaining an action. | next week, and make some further 
Brethren, excuse us when we say, remarks hereafter, 
that we prefer the convictions in- 1. Inasmuch as certain branches 
stilled into our mind, by our closet of the Church have neglected, and 
readings and devotions, to the un- j and others positively refused, to 
premeditated, hasty, disunited conclu- comply with the directions of the 
sions of our Annual Meetings. The Annual Meeting, to form themselves 
Savior has promised to be with his into Districts, therefore we would 
Church even unto the end of the advise that branches which hare 
world ; and he has also promised ' complied with said directions, and 
that where two or three are together have chosen District representatives 
in his name, that he will be there. — or delegates, should also select and 
Do we understand this ? do we be- send one or two delegates f rom each 
licve it ? do we realize the truths of individual branch of the Church, in 
his promises ? Did any member , order that we may have a more e- 
ever see the Lord personally ! Cer- u^ual representation, 
tainly no one claims such a prefer 3. Let the delegates be chosen in 
ence. Then how, in what manner is the fear of God, and notsimply com- 
the Lord with his people ? I think mission those who want to 
that we will all agree that it is 3. Be sure and instruct your dele- 
through, or by his Holy Spiris> I npsfl the nuestioa of publishing 
But does he through his Spirit speak the Minutes of our Annual Meeting 
verbally, or write in characters, to in the (\<mj anion. We are very 
Dispeople? No one will claim this, anxious that th is privilege should 
We must therefore seek for some be granted us, as it would save us 
other manner by which our Lord much extra labor and exp 
manifests hi, presence with his chil- 4. The subject of publishing the 

dren. We believe it is bv working proceedings of District Meetings will 

anon the minds the souls, of the ftlso be brought before the Council, 

children of men, by giving them and it would be well to have the del- 
ideas, impressions, and convictions, agates instructed upon that que* 
through the medium of reading, It is hoped that those who Ml 

ling, and prayer, that the pofed to neb public. I be 

Lord Manifests bjf j: and prepared to guns some r. 

power a.n.'iig his people. Hut as their position. 

the Scriptures and our own expert if. ,,, i i #> i... i„r_.. <, 

' ' U yon can tto good today, deter . 

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Tyrone City, Pa., April 24, 1866. 

< OKHK*l*ONI>EX€E. 



Brother, H-himji-r • — I wish to 
inform you that I received a pack- 
age of the Companion, for vrluch I 
wish to return my Ouuiks, and now 
remit the price of subscription for 
one year. 1 love to read them, as 
I rcM uo political paper, ami do not 
wish to "do so. My delight is in 
reading hooks that will lead me to- 

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war! the world above, and I some- 
times fear my case to be like unto 
that of the " lost son." My reasons 
for this arc, because I have not the j 
privilege to commune with my broth- I 
ren. The way it is exclaimed here, I 
one would suppose it is easy to be ai 
Christian: but I claim that a man 
has all he can possibly do, in a new 
country like this, where he has so 
much to contend with, to keep in the 
narrow path. I have conversed with j 
different ministers here, but we can- , 
not agree. One says this is not ne- 1 
cessary, and another that is unnec- j 
oeasarj , so that I cannot agree with ' 
either of them. The Advent doctrine 
comes the nearest the truth, to my ! 
mind that is here ; but they keep Sat- ■ 
unlay for Sabbath. I had nearly j 
made up my mind to go with them, j 
but 1 cannot satisfy myself in the 
day. So you see where I am left ; j 
in a lonesome condition ; no one to j 
go with. The ministers sometimes 
»aid, I should go with them. I tell 
them that if they go according to 
the (Jospol of Christ, I would go 
with them, heart and hand ; glad to 
receive such m Christ's followers. — 
Others again say, J would be quite a 
M spoke in the wheel*' in the Church, 
and I don't know but some look to 
me with that view. Dear brother, I 
do not wish to be a stumbling block 
to ethers, and less do I want to go 
and lead them astray, and still less 
than all, to go astray myself. C,,,il 
forbid that 1 should harbcr any such 
thoughts, much less to do so. I claim 
We bave a great doty to perform, in 
order t<> meet our Maker, and Re- 
deemer : notwithstanding we can do 
all, it we commence in the li.^ht way ; 
that h half, I believe, praying to 



God from the commencement; com- 
ing to Cod with all our heart, desir- 
ing to do his will, and his will on- 

I expected to find other people 
who believed in Christ, as he left it 
for all men alike, being no respecter 
of persons, fori claim he meant what 
he said, and said what he meant ; 
and he admonishes his disciples to 
go into all the world, and to teach 
all nations to observe all whatsoever 
ho had taught or commanded them. 
So, then, he did not say that they 
should teach them a part of what he 
had taught them, but all he had 
commanded them. No sound mind- 
ed man can get around Christ's com- 
mandments. I often think the earth 
is very uneven and rough, but the 
people are a great deal more uneven 
than the rocky mountains and the 
lowest valleys. Still it is preached 
here, that the people must all have 
one faith before the cud of the world. 
I think they are about as near one 
faith now as they ever will be, or 
thev must change soon. 

1 have written to different church- 
es to send us a minister, but we get 
no answer, much less a minister. If 
I have done anything amiss, I ask 
forgiveness, and if not I would be 
very thankful if some minister would 
come to see me, and there are oth- 
ers here that would be glad to see 
him come, and perhaps receive our 
faith. 

I moved from Tuscarawas Co., 0., 
because some one of our family was 
sick nearly all the time, so 1 thought 
1 would go to a new country, and I 
found no healthy place until 1 came 
here. I have a good many friends 
in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and ma- 
ny of my name. 1 was born in Bed- 
ford Co., Pa. My father's name was 
Jacob Boyer. My grand-father's 
name, on my mother's side,was Sam- 
uel Leidy,and my mother's name Su- 
sannah. I have lost sight of my 
friends, and would be glad to hear 
from them. Address, Alma, Grati- 
ot Co., Michigan. 

SAMUEL BOYER. 



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The brethren purpose holding a 
Communion meeting, God willing, 



in the Snake Spring Valley branch, 
Hopewell meeting-house, near Jacob 
Steel's, Bedford Co., Pa., on Friday 
and Saturday, May 25th and 26th. 
Brethren coming by Railroad, will 
take the Huntingdon and Broad Top 
R. R. at Huntingdon, (on the Penn. 
R. R.) and stop oft" at Hopewell sta- 
tion. All arc invited, and especial- 
ly teachers. 

JACOB STEEL. 



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DIED. 

In the Lower Cumberland brunch, Cum- 
berland Co., Pa., brother JACOB ZUG, at 
the great age of 98 years, 4 months, and 25 
days. Funeral services by the writer and 
others. The deceased left a wife who is about 
»"•$ years younger, who Is fccble.with whom he 
lived about seventy-two orscventy-tbreeycars; 
and although baring a family of seven" chil- 
dren, this was she flrst death that o curred 
in the family. Moses Miu.su. 

Visitor please copy. 

In the //oward County hranch, Ind., Feb. 
21st, of Erysipilas. sister MAHALAH, wife 
of brother Andrew CKIPE; sped 51 years. — 
She mss member of the church 21 years. — 
She leaves a hnsband and 5 children to mourn 
their loss, but we hope their loss is her great 
Cain. Funeral services by Hell Hamilton, 
from Rev. 14 : 12, 13. Geo. Brcbakbr. 



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I'ur the Companion. 
The Second coining of Christ. 

Continue*. 

In my former and first essay on 
this subject, I have endeavored a- 
nions; other things, to surest a few 
thoughts, or merely gave a passing 
notice, in regard to Christ's coming 
into the world. That he will make 
his appearance again among the 
children of men, no genuine and or- 
thodox Chiistian will for a moment 
contradict. The following passages 
of .Scripture plainly go to show that 
he will come : 

" For the son of man shall come 
in the glory of his father, with his 
angels ; and then he shall reward 
every man according to his works. 
Verily I say unto you there be some 
standing here that shall not taste of 
death till they see the son of man 
coming in his kingdom." (Matth. 
16 : 27, 28.) « And then shall ap- 
pear the sign of the son of man in 
heaven ; and then shall all the tribes 
of the earth mourn, and they shall 
see the son of man coming in the 
clouds ot heaven with power and 
great glory." (Matth. 24 : 30.)— 
" As t'le days of Noe were, so shall 
also Uic coming of the son of Man 
be." Matth. 24: 37. "Therefore; 
be ye also ready ; for in such an 
hour as ve think not the son of man 
comcth." Matth. 24 : 44. 

" Whosoever therefore, shall be 
ashamed of me and of my words in 
thii adulterous and sinful generation 

of him also shall the BOB of man be 

a named wbeu he Cometh in the 
rv ot : ;-, with the boh 

' i Mark 8: M.) - BehoW 
your bouae i» I date; 

and wrA- i i • . re shall 

. ■, unul the time come when 

- he that eonv 

eth in the umbo of the Lord." (Luke 

l-> : 86. ) " '1'lit-. MUM J . which 

u taken up from j ou into hi 

fj shall io come in like manner 

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(Acta 1: 11.) But every man in 
his own order; Christ the first fruits, 
afterward they that are Christ's at 
his coming." ( 1 Cor. 15 : 23.)— 
" So Christ was once offered to bear 
the sins of many ; ar.d unto them 
that look for him shall he appear the 
second time, without sin unto salva- 
tion." Hob. 9 : 28. 

In the last chapter of the Apoe- 
glvpse which winds up the new Cov- 
enant, the revelater St. John, re- 
peats the following sentence three 
times, using every time the same 
phraseology u Behold I come quick- 
ly." 

We have selected with special 
care the above quotations in regard 
to Christ's coming, without comment 
upon the same. Any person under- 
standing plain English, cannot fail of 
comprehending the point we are ar- 
guing, merely by reading what has 
been quoted. .Notwithstanding all 
this, there are still thousands and 
multiplied thousands of persons in 
this our age of light and learning, a 
portion of whom altogether deny his 
coming, while others and a very 
large class too, and who even pro- 
fess the name of Christian, are so un- 
concerned, inexperienced, and luke- 
warm in this plain matter of fa \ 
though he were never to come, 
how can a man or woman be a pro- 
fessor of religion, and at the Mine 
time not take an active interest in 
In- -] eedy coming ! or h »W can that 
individual long for his Blaster and 
realy " love bu appearing," and j el 
be urn 1, and aa it wei 

fer In . be ignorant of that 

sublime ' its little can u 

ihich waa 

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and Nam ]9cta 

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she desire his speedy coming, and 
pray "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." 
It is true he was here at one time 
with his church personally ; but then 
he came only to open the wav of 
salvation that we who were 'lost 
through Adam's transgression might 
again have a free access to a throne 
of grace. When he took leave of 
his followers he left them a promise 
which we have on record in holv 
writ : namely, that he would come 
again to gather his elect to immortal 
glory. This promise he will not for- 
get ; it is yet in the future, and per- 
chance ere long will be fulfilled. He 
declared on a certain occasion, that 
" Heaven and earth shall pass awav 
but my words shall not pass away." 
The apostle Peter likewise wrote in 
his second epistle, " The Lord is not 
slack concerning his promise, as 
some men count slackness ; but is 
long-suffering to usward, not willing 
that any should perish, but that all 
should come to repentance." The 
same apostle when writing in regard 
to the transformation of this "\obe, 
upon which we live, says : M Never- 
theless we, according to his promise, 
look for new heavens and a n 
., wherein dwelleth righteous- 
This must also take place at 
the close of this present dispensation, 
Then ae Ear as Christ's 

uses are concerned, no one need 

fear ; (Jod always does his part, if 

only poor sinful man would at 'all 

times comply with his ie\ealed will. 

We hare remarked that Christ 

came the lir>t time to open the a 

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' 'in is not of tin 
and according bo the 1. i reg- 

uiati ma which tbia kingdom hai 
dopted, fighting oannof U- tolerated. 

Again, the saints prayer, -i Thy 
kingdom come," and the spiritual 
kingdom here noticed, differ as much 
LCb other as the Savior's tir.4 
advent does from the second. Strict- 
ly kingd 'in prop- 
baa not yet come, but \\i!l take 
place when be comes, and all the ho- 
ly angels with him. It will then be 
fully manifested, when the kingdoms 
ol this world will become the king- 
dom of God and his Christ. The 
first time he came, he came more 
like a beggar than a king, — humble, 
piseS, poor, — had not even as 
much whereon to lay bis head. '• He 
lion i poor that we through his 
rerty might become rich." The 
md time he will come with great 
power and glory, " Which in his 
times he shall show who i~ the bless- 
ed and only potentate,— the king of 
kings, and Lord of Lords." 

ti, if we would be Christ's at 
his coming, we must have, like the 
wise Virgins of old, our lights burn- 
ing at all times, so that we may be 
pared to meet him on the way, at 
any moment he may choose to make 
his appearance. Thus by having 
our spiritual lamps in a proper trim 
and a plentiful supply of that oil of 
love besides, we cannot fail of meet- 
ie object of our waiting, how- 
long lie may yet tarry on the 
way. lie has tarried more than 
eighteen hundred years already. — 
But that he will soon come is very 
evident from the fact that nearly six 
and years are accomplished 
the creation of man, ami the 
andth year will be the 
of the milleiiiuin ; be- 
m we take the signs of the 
and every thing else, touching 
this point, into a Bcrious considera- 
tion, we cannot otherwise conclude 
but that the fig troe is in full bios- 
and that summer is nigh at the 
.■ii < Prist's coming. 
To b i tied. 

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Virilizing t,-, Children* 

What a great responsibility rcsto 
upon parents, in cultivating ti 
der, minds of children. We see ev- 
ery day the fruits of the great evil 
of parents sanctioning ever;, thing 
their children do, from infancy up. 
0, think what a sin you are commit- 
ting by raising your own flesh and 
blood, to go down to everlasting 
perdition ! The mind of the child 
should be trained, as soon as it is 
able to act, to converse upon relig- 
ious subjects, that his mind may 
grow in the knowledge of the Lord. 
Barents should not have disputes 
and quarrels in the presence oftheir 
children. God requires of us, as 
heads of families, to set a good ex- 
ample for our children. Think what 
an awful thing it is, for parents to 
set an example to their children, 
which if they will follow, will lead 
them down to destruction! You are 
not destroying your own souls only, 
but also the souls of your children ! 
" Evil communications corrupt good 
morals." Be very careful about 
your conversation in the family cir- 
cle, for your children are ever rea- 
dy to imitate you. Therefore, par- 
ents, obey the commandments of 
God, for Christ's sake ; then it is 
that your children will obey their 
parents, that their days may be long 
upon the earth. 

C. B. L. ROBERTS. 

Conemaugh,Pa. 

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Communicated. 
The first Cigar. 

Mr. Editor : — I hope that every 

little hoy especially, and big boys 

too, will carefully read the following 

article, and follow the advice it 

gives : 

Among a class of ill-trained boys, 

sni' iking and chewing tobacco are 

rht'to be unquestionable requi- 

to all who would he Considered 

manly and independent. A few days 

Ba-fl a ragged, ] ale-faced, sor- 

rj looking boy, about nine years old 

puffing what was evidently his first 

cigar. He stood leaning against a 

house, his checks drawn in. bis 

r 1 tnd watery, his countenance 



bearing the expression of nausea, 
and altogether looking as though be 
were ready to repent of his foolish 
bargain. Several other lads, a lit- 
tle older, stood around encouraging 
him, anxiously awaiting the result of 
the experiment. Boor, silly boy ! 
He probably thought it was a fine, 
manly thing he was learning, instead 
of a dirty, disgusting, and unhealthy 
habit, which will prove a curse to 
him 4s long as he lives, if not bro- 
ken up. I can hardly believe he 
would have endured the death! v nau- 
sea of that first cigar with such mar- 
tyr-like patience, had he suspected 
the real nature of the process he was 
going through. 

There are other boys every day 
going through the same initiatory 
steps, under the same strange delu- 
sion. Some into whose hands this 
paper will fall, may be exposed to 
the same danger. To such I would 
say. beware how you acquire this 
habit. The use of tobacco, whether 
by chewing, smoking, or snuffing, is 
both a physical and a moral evil. It 
is only evil, and evil continually. — 
The most skillful physicians in the 
world have testified to its dangerous 
effects upon the system. The most 
eminent men in the various other 
walks of life — clergymen and teach- 
ers, judges and lawyers, men of lit- 
erature, art, science, and morals — 
have denounced the use of tobacco 
as one of the greatest evils of the 
day. It would be difficult to find a 
candid and well informed man, who 
would seriously deny this position, so 
well established is the fact. 

J. S. GITT. 



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Speak the Truth. 

"Wherefore-, putting away lying, speak ev. 
ery man truth with his neighbor: for we are 
members one of another." Eph. 4: 'Jo. 

The sin of lying is perhaps the 
most common of all the dreadful vi- 
ces which prevail in the world. It 
is one of the first which children 
commit, and is much practiced by 
all sorts and conditions of men. 

There is a vast amount of white 
lyine done, — we mean such lving as 
the perpetrators make no conscien- 
cious account of. Thousands who 
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*j\ or it a trifle, or come only a little 
' short of the truth, or make a prom- 

e lightly, which at the same time 
it is not expected to fulfill, thoy con- 
ceive to be no great offense, — cer- 
tainly DO sin ; only an innocent de- 
ception. A million white lies, prop- 
erly, are told in a .single day, in the 
business and intercourse of such a 
country as this. Fashionable socie- 
ty is hollow with white lying, with 
false pretenses, evasions, and sub- 
terfuges ; insincerity would Beem to 
be the peculiar study of a large c] 
yet you could not offend them more 
bitterly, than by accusing them of 
falsehood. They talk lies, and live 
them BO habitually, that the frankly 
spoken truth startle* them most. 

For our part, we consider a small 
lie as black as a large one. Sound 
morality enjoins truthfulness, as of 
the first account. To be true is to 
be right, and all short of this is 
wrong. 

Nothing is made or gained, but 
much i3 lost, in the long run, by 
whatever evasiou or suppression of 
the truth. Society and trade would 
he more prosperous, it" lying were 
left alone. We are to be held to ac- 
count by tl\e Supreme Judge for eve- 
ry idle word we utter (Matth. 12 j 
.'hi.) And this is a crowning rea- 
.1 in why lying and in sincerity should 

be avoided. 

Young friend, look around you. 

an 1 see how effectually this vice, 

with many others, have; taken hoi 1 

of some ; and then see how effectual' 
ly they are doomed to punishment 
by the word of God. Take warning 
and always speak the truth, for truth 
is mighty and iiui-t prevail, 

BRNJ. BENSHOOF. 
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no trembling frame ; no grief worn And in sickness God . 
cheeks, no hollow eye ; no sickly awakens in us appi 
frame; but light and health, and ger, turns our thoughts to $b 
vigor, were manifest. And thespir- carries our in: . 

I : " behold i:i me the efficacy turc, lets us look into the grave, dis- 
of redeeming grace." This heart clones the solemnities oft 
was once the cage of thoughts unho- uicnt, gives an earnest oi 
ly. These hands were employed in retrjl 
sin. These feet moved swii 

the downward road, that ' II is bright and cheeri 

row and to death. This form of us that our sun uiav soon , 
mine, though not this form, yet that i prow fall." 

in which I used to live, was worn And he speaks in ad . when 

with grief, corrupt and dying with all is dark and g! 
disease. But now, all hail that name thought to a 
Immanual, through him redeemed, 1 sorrow and 
wear habiliments of light, and exist tars are wiped from evei 
in immortal youth. This song i 
chant, '• death where is t 
and grave thy victory now ; v, in iron fetter-, and 

1 himself to habits are fixed : he " Be- 

er thy Creator in the d i 
thy youth."' 

i in manhood God calls, 
j us with the importance 



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merable throng; woiship and adore 
him all intelligences ; yea let uni- 
verses adore. Adore him, for he ing ready for early death, and ur- 
is worthy to receive anthems of uni- sea the duty of spending the remain- 
versal praise. — And while utteringl der of our days in his service. 
this psalm the pe >pled expanse u:. And then in old ajr lie calls ; re- 
ing, lifted on high an immeasurable minds us that our sands are nearly 
volume of notes divine. ran ; that soon the silver cord will 
Then appeared a company of be loosed, and the goldoo bowl bro- 
children, who, hand in hand, moved ken, probation ended, destiny fixed. 

around, and their infant ...ices .ban- In seasons of revival Go I calls. 

t id : •• Praise him, f>r Lo 1 while on When others are converted an 1 en- 
earth he said ; suifer infant-; and tcr the ark oi' 
babes to come to m rbid them think that now i< t 
not ; yea suffer little children and now the day of salvation. It 
forbid them not to com me. presses us with the 

Tfce«l~«r<tod. | call will be the 

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head once told the it »r\ of a li 
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Fur the Companion. 
Repentance. 

The Christian age is the time of reformation. Heb. 
9 : 10. The Gospel of our salvation embraces facts 
manifesting God's philanthrophy. 2nd Commands 
exhibiting his authority ; and 3rd, promises showing 
his faithfulness. The facts embrace all that the Re- 
deemer has done for us ; all that he has wrought and 
suffered, to redeem in his labor of love, his death, re- 
surrection and exaltation, wherein is seen divine love ; 
not that we loved God, but that he loved us. The 
Commands embrace all that we are commanded to do, 
in order to be saved from sin ; as that we must here 
repent, confess, and obey Christ ; and each command 
comes to us clothed with all the authority of the mon- 
arch of the universe ; so to resist one single mandate is 
rebellion against God. And the promises embrace all 
blessings that the Lord promises to bestow upon those 
that obey, while his veracity is pledged for the certain 
fulfillment of them all ; he will faithfully perform ; not 
a tittle of his word will fail. 

Among the commands faith is primary, without which 
no other can be obeyed ; for in Christ we live and 
walk bv faith, and "without faith it is impossible to 
please God." But repentance is of the very highest 
importance, as the chief design of our heavenly Father, 
in the mission of his Son, and of the Holy Spirit was 
to redeem from the slavery of sin, which in repentance 
the sinner renounces and abandons, ar.d no faith is 
genuine, saving, and owned of God, which is not mani- 
fested by amendment of life. This amendment is evan- 
gelical repentance, or at least the consummation of it. 

Some learned scribes define repentance to be true 
and godly sorrow for sin ; but a better writer, the 
apostle Paul, says : "Godly sorrow worketh repen- 
tance, for ye were made sorry after a Godly manner." 
2 Cor. 7 : 9, 10. From this apostolic teaching, it ap- 
pears that godly sorrow results in repentance ; leads to 
it, and hence cannot be repentance itself, an}' more 
than faith can be, or than a cause can be its own ef- 
fect. Faith in the Gospel fact-:, which exhibit the sac- 
rafice of Christ for sin, and the odiousness of sin in our 
hearts and life, leads to contrition, or godly sorrow for 
sin ; and then this sorrow for sin, leads the sinner to 
forsake sin, which is repentance unto salvation. 

Repentance is sometimes considered the same as a 
change of heart, but we see that if godly s<5rrow is the 
result of faith in the Gospel, and produces repentance, 
then a change of heart must necessarily precede repen- 
tance, in its evangelical import. A change of heart is 
the immediate effect of faith, leading the sinner to love 
Christ, hate sin, and abhor himself, and this change of 
his affections will dispose him to resolve, that by the 
grace of God he will cease to do evil and learn to do 
well. The meaning of the word repentance, is a 
change of mind, or rather change of purpose, such as 
induces change of conduct. This change is illustrated 
in the beautiful parable of the prodigal son, where he 
is represented assaying, " I will arise and go to my 



Father, and say Father I have sinned against heaven, 
and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called 
thy son ; make me as one of thy hired servants ;" and 
and he arose and came to his father. Here is, first, a 
change of mind : " I will arise," and then follows the 
resulting change of conduct. He arose and came to 
his father. Here is repentance, genuine, true, evan- 
gelical repentance, as our Lord has taught it himself. 
But you must perceive, that in this case of the prodi- 
gal's conversion, there was a change of his heart ; sor- 
row for sin, before his good resolution was formed and 
then followed amendment of life. With this agrees the 
preaching of Peter at Jerusalem, at the beginning. — 
Obeying his commission he there preached repentance, 
and remission of sins, to those contrite souls, whose 
hearts had been previously pierced by his proclama- 
tion of the facts of the Gospel ; calling upon such as 
were already in heart changed and contrite, to repent, 
and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
for the remission of sins ; at the same time making 
them great and precious promises. And Luke informs 
us that "they that gladly received the word, were bap- 
tized." Acts 2 : 41. Their repentance was now seen 
resulting from their sorrow for sin, and consisting first, 
in their promptly resolving to forsake sin, and to obey 
Christ, of whom they had been the betrayers and mur- 
derers, by confessing his name, and being baptized, 
and then they received the promised remission of sins, 
and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Thus that contrition 
which pierced their hearts when they heard Peter 
preach the Gospel facts, produced repentance unto sal- 
vation from sin, not to be repented of. This we con- 
ceive to be a Gospel view of the process of conversion, 
or regeneration, which brings us to the enjoyment of 
new life in Christ Jesus. Thus God has granted to 
the Gentiles as well as the Jews, repentance unto life. 
God will not own you, sinner, as a true penitent, and 
pardon your sins, until, believing his glorious Gospel, 
you forsake sin and yield yourself as a servant to obey 
in the service of righteousness ; until you obey from the 
heart, the form of doctrine delivered you in the Gos- 
pel. 0, then, allow me in this little treatise, to exhort 
you to receive the Gospel of God into a true and hon- 
est heart, by faith ; be contrite in view of your rebell- 
ion against the truth, the long suffering, goodness, and 
mercy of your once suffering, but now reigning Re- 
deemer and Lord, and resolve now, that you will re- 
pent and obey the Gospel, and pardon, peace, and 
life, and joy, and eternal blessedness will be vours. 

GEO. W. GISH. 
Secor, 111. 

For tht Companion. 
Boa»t not Thyself of To-morrow. 

A noble ship was riding the waves, bound for home. 
The sea was smooth, the sky clear, and in another day 
she was expected to cast anchor in her native harbor. 
But alas ! she does not come. Her owner paces the 
wharf, anxiously gazing out over the ocean, to catch a| 



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glimpse of her. Days pass, and still nothing is heard cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." Never f 

other. Soon, however, other vessels arrive in port, before did this come to my mind with such a weight 

and bring the intelligence that she foundered at sea. — and importance. How, thought I, could a more tender 

Two only of the crew are saved ; and they tell how, and delicate, as well as weighty and important duty, 

ere night arrived, the wind blew a gale, and the fall upon a Christian, than first to remove the beam 

smooth surface of the sea became angry billows, tossing from his own eye, that is, put away his own faults, that 



the ship at will, untill she became unmanageable 

'•Nor inoon uor star 
Looked from the sky, but darkness deep as that 
Which reigned over the primeval chaos, wrapped 
That fated bark, save when the lightning hissed 
Along the bursting billow." 

Many hearts, no doubt, amongst that fated crew, 
beat high with the expectation of the morrow's 
pleasures. 

"Alas! 
Day dawned uot on the mariner ; ere morn, 
The lightning lit the seaman to his grave, 
And the fierce sea-dog feasted on the dead." 

A young lady had attended a religious meeting, and 
was almost persuaded to be a Christian, but alas ! while 
she was deciding upon which side to appear, a grand 
ball was given, (one of the most successful of the wiles 
of Satan to lure the weak from the path of duty) and 
she concluded to attend, and let this be her last one, 
and then come out on the Lord's side. 

But oh ! Her serious impressions left her, and she 
endured all the pangs of the lost. Ah, to-morrow is a 
dangerous delay. 

"To-morrow ! dld'st thou say ? 
Tis a period nowhere to be found 
In all the hoary registers of time. 
Unless perchance In the fool's calender." 

Dear reader, what use to further cite instances. — 
You know that tomorrow is very uncertain. That the 
rosy flush of health may on the morrow give place to 
deadly pallor, and the active mind be unable to reason. 
That as death leaves us, so eternity finds us. 

"Then 6tay the present instant ; 

Imprint the mark of wisdom on its wings. 

'Tis of more worth than Kingdoms ; far more precious 

Than all the erimeon treaenrei of life's fountain ! 

Oh ! let it not elude thy urasp ; but like. 

The good old patriarch upon record, 

Hold the licet angel fast until he bleat thee." 

H. F. MILLER. 
Valley farm, W, Va. 

Fur the Companion. 



j God might give him grace, wisdom, and understanding, 
so that he could see clearly to remove the mote in a 
brother's eye. Never before did I see so great a ne- 
cessity for us all to examine ourselves, to humble our- 
selves, lest Satan should draw a veil over our under- 
standing, and we have a beam in our own eye, while 
we are vainly trying to remove a mote from a brother's 
eye. 

Satan tempts a mother's Fon 

To hate and hnrt aDolher, 
80 wicked Cain was hurried on 

Till he had killed his brother. 

These are some of the thoughts which the reading of 
the article suggested to my mind. Out of love have 1 
written them, for the encouragement of all who mav 
read them. 

Elkhart Co., Ind. 



J. MILLER. 



Eiamiue Yourselves 

I read an article on Christian Conversation, in which 
I was much interested ; and while I was reading that 

portion of it where it tells us how to do when we hear sciouslv near to them in 
an evil report of a brother, that we should first be sure Father, 
that it was true, and then not 



Treasure** in Heaven. 

We are laying up our treasures too, I think, by all the 
good that we do upon others. I am lich in heaven, in 
my children. Already have I sent thither many. — 
Have 1 lost them' Not one of them. They are mine 
more than when I clasped them. They are nobler and 
more worthy of love than they were then. They have 
been saved for me better than I could have saved them 
for myself. I have laid them up ; and I have verified 
the declaration, "Where your treason is, there will 
your heart be also." How many, many times have 
men gone by their tears to the gate of heaven who 
never could have been drawn there by the mere pre- 
sentation of truth. All that could be addressed to 
their conscience, to their fear, or to their rilim, did 
not teach them the way to Cud's throne ; and Cod 
took from them their brother, their sister, the compan- 
ion of their life, or their child, and then they found 
that path themselves. As the kine went along with 
the ark, so the heart goes lowing toward heaven, seek- 
ing its own, and finding them in hope, in imagination, 
and resting only when by. faith it is brought again cuti- 

the kingdom of the eternal 



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and tell 
one else that we meet, but pray for that 

ask God to forgtra and delirer aim from his t 
also thought that we should -till do nore than this. 

thought that we should pray fur Mir brethren 

times, and also for ourselves, and a-k God*i aid and 



it to every j The mysteries of meeting our children in heaven 
person, and give much reflection to those thai are SXenatsd bv »f- 

1 riiction. What tliev will be ; whether they be children 

I Itill ; whether there be any identitj that WW Bark them; 

at all whether in the great multitute of God'i creatures thej 

will be like drops in the ocean ; whether thev will tie 

the Kght of his good and loving Spirit, in the tender and ours in the sense of appropriation -these', ami ten 

all-important dieobarge of our duty towards an erring thousand other things that are SAreveuled, give much 

brother. WtA for meditation. It it ■edkieen to know, however. 

And here also the words of our dear Savior came to that we send forward our children and friends, and 

my mind: (Matt, 7: >'< > "First CI t onl Mm beam OUt thev become treasures in heaven, and that wl 

of thus own-eye and then shall thou see clearly to treasures are, there are our hearts all 



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LOCAL MATTERS. 

Tyrone City, Pa., May 1, 1866. 

Soiik- Inrllirr IC ciilii rl* I upon Our 
Annual »l«-rliu^s. 

v» I ted our remarks upon this 

subject, la-t wi'-k, by leaving 

our readers to digest dut views 

apon tin- mauiier by whfch the 
Lord influences his people, viz : 
through the medium of reading, 
preac h ingi tad prayer. Our object 
shall now be to deduce a plan for 
obtaining .a decision, by which we 
will have an assurance that such a 
decision is the 9oi& of Q-fd. To do 
this m must have God's word for 
our foundation, (ground for building 
upon) Truth for the corner-stone, 
and system and order for our archi- 
We shall also take all our 
building material from God's word, 
and shall at once select for our cor- 
ner-stone the following : "For where 
two or three are gathered together 
in uiy name, there am I in the midst 
of them."' Matth. 18 : 20. From 
this text we understand, that if a 
branch of the Church is assembled. 
i)i (he name of Jemis, though it num- 
bers but two or three members, that 
little body has the promise of the 
presence of the Lord, and that what- 
ever it transacts, under the influ- 
ence of God, will be as binding as 
if it had been sanctioned by another 
branch, numbering hundreds. Hence 
when that little Hock sets apart, in 
a legal manner, one of its number 
to fill any office, or trust, he is as 
fully vested with authority to act in 
US office, as though he had been cho- 
sen by hundreds. The practice of the 
Brethren, of sending two or three 
delegates from each branch of the 
Church, is, therefore, in conformity 
with the teachings of the Scriptures. 
As we wish to p ro c eed with our 
building, we shall select another 
stone. This we will take from the 



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of the Apostles, 18: 2, S : "As him and Barsabas, by jot. But it is 

they OUSistorod to the Lord, and more than probable that the belie- 
Eaeted, the Holy Ghost said, Sepa- ren who were present on that occa 
rate me Barnabas and Saul for the sion, had pointed out those two; 
work whereunto I have called them, and, we have thought, that by a tie 
And when they had fasted and voice they had been set apart, and 
prayed, and laid their hands on as but one was required it was re- 
them, they sent them away."' From ferred hack to the Lord, for final de- 
this we learn the manner by which eision. Be this as it may, we have 
the Lord Beta apart, or separates, good authority for anxious prayer 
or chooses, those who are to admins- and fasting, when we go about the 
tcr in his house. If, therefore, the work of the Lord. We will then re- 
delegates to our Annual Meeting ( l ,u;c our plan thus : 
are set apart by ministering to the 1- ke*t tae delegates be chosen 
Lord, in prayer and fasting, and by the church, according to the 
commissioned by braver, fasting, Gospel order of chosing men for 






and laying on of hands, and then 
sent forth by the Church, their au- 
thority is established, and we are 
ready to acknowledge them to be 
the ministers of God. 

We ask the indulgence of the 
reader, while we stop here, to in- 
quire whether our delegates are 
thus selected. How many of our 



special service. 

2. Let them be sent according to 
the Gospel order of sending men 
chosen for special service. 

3. Let those who have been cho- 
sen and sent, transact the business 
allotted to them. 

After the delegates have thus been 
chosen, sent, and assembled togeth- 



brethren have prayed, or heard the ; er > an( l then being together in the 
prayer, "Thou, Lord, which knowest , f ear , »»d Spirit of the Lord, we be- 
the hearts of all men, show whether , lieve that whatsoever they transact 
of these two thou hast chosen ?" will be in conformity with the will 
Have you not more frequently heard of God, and every true member of 



it asked : " Who wants to go ? " 
And then when one is found who 
wishes to go, he gets permission, and 
that is about the extent of his com- 
mission, or authority. And when 
it was asked who wises to go, did 
you ever hear a brother say, I 
would like to go, but I am not able 
to bear the expenses ; and then did 



the Body of Christ will feel bound 
to submit thereto. 

We do not think it necessary to 
submit a plan for proceeding with 
business, further than that the deci- 
sion of all queries should be made 
by those alone who have been xet 
apart for that purpose. Where 
would be the occasion for selecting 



you know another who was able, and delegates, if others are to transact 



did go ? 






the business. We would also urge 



In our remarks last week we ob- the importance of every delegate ta- 
served that we must devise some king an active part in the business 
plan by which proper persons may transactions of the meeting. Why- 
be set apart, kc. We know of no should they be sent, if they will not 
other way by which this can be done work? Sluggards arc not likely to 
t by the voice of the church, be appointed to important posts. — 
In the selection of Matthias to the Neither is it probable, that, if the 
Apostleabip, it was decided between Lord has had anything to do with ( 









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' j the selecting of the delegates, that 
incapable or inefficient men will be 
chosen. 

With the appointment and duties 
of the sub-committees, we arc en- 
tirely satisfied, but wish to make a 
suggestion in regard to the selecting 
of the Standirg Committee. We 
Understand that no one but a bishop 
is eligible to appointment ; and the 



v n, that you " propose to send the 
" Companion" for the balance of 
the year, beginning with No., 13, 
and all the back Nos. yet on hand," 
for $1.15. Please send to brother 
Benjamin Brickies, Shelby ville, Shel- 
by Co., 111. 

Brother Brickies is a colored man. 
He was a slave in Tennessee ; and, 
of course, he was held in ignorance 
as to reading, ■writing, &c. After 
the breaking out of the rebellion, he 



rule is, to select one or two from j was liberated ; and, after spending 
each State. Now, our proposition | some tine in the army, he came to 



is, to change off; that is, that the 
same persona from the same State, 
should not be appointed successively 
for a number of years, when there 
.arc others just as competent. If the 
duties of that appointment are labo- 
rious, tlien the labor should be divi 
ded ; If it is a mask of respect, then 
the honor should be distributed. 

\\ e shall now offer, in conclusion, 
a few thoughts in favor of the Dis- 
trict Council Meetings. In doing 
this, we believe we are still building 
upon the foundation of Cod's word, 
and are not introducing a new thin*. 

When Moses' father-in-law visited 

him, and saw the weight of the busi- 

irhich Mosea had upon himself, 

he said it was not good, and that he 

would surely wear himself auav, 

and suggested that he should pro- 
ride able men, to assist him in his 
duties, he did not object to it. and 
say it was impracticable to make any 



this place, where he has lived since. 
After his liberation from the great 
curse of the union, (slavery) he 
soon learned to read and write. A 
little over a year ago, he became in- 
terested in our meeting, and attend- 
ed regularly ; and was soon convinc- 
ed that his former views, which he 
had derived from early training, 
were not evangelical. He made ap- 
plication to be received into the 
church, and on Sunday, May 28th, 
18G5, he was baptized, by your hum- 
ble correspondent, in the Okaw riv- 
er, at Shelbyville. The news went 
far and wide, in a very short time, 
that the negro Wttt ok) tizctt, and 
that the preacher Jristed him. Broth- 
er Brickies i-> an extraordinary | -al- 
ous reader. He subscribed for the 
\ isitor, and now he he also wants 
the "Companion." There are few 
that live more consistent lives than 
I 1 " ; and \eiy few that ad van 
fast in the knowledge of our Lord ft 
Sai ior. 

•• I >f a truth I perceive thai 1 1 
is no respecter of persons : but in 
evcrv nation he that feareth him. 



change, but perceiving the proi rid ■ ' worketh righteousness, is i 

\ M 1": 84, 86.) 
J. W. i;i:i:k. 

Shrlbyvilh, III. 



of the proposition, he "hearkciicl to '"' ! UK 



the Voice of his father-in-law, and 

did all that he had said." S«e 
dua 18 : LS -7. 

\ "nil we find ourself crowded bj 
matter already in type, and we must 
tin refers defer qui conclui ion lor a 
future number. We invite the at- 
tentioi] of our readers to the j i 
alpove referred to. 

CORBESPOBJDEN4 i . 

Brothtr Jloltringtr : 1 notice, 
No. l... page 120, of the I ' wj an- 



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unto us, and also church news, ., 
which gives us great consolation in f ' 
this far Western country. And I 
would also say to you, that it would 
be gratifying to ua, and we think 
• mite satisfactory to many of the 
brethren, friends and acquaintances 
to learn that we had several very 
interesting meetings here. They 
were held at the United Brethren 
meeting-house,at West Union, (which 
town contains about 1500 inhabi- 
tants) on March iilsf and April 1st. 
Preaching by Henry C. Gonghnour, 
assisted by Michael Reaber, (deacon) 
in exortation and prayer. The 
meetings were well attended, con- 
sidering the inclemency of the 
weather, and the attention given to 
the word preached fcaa ^ood. 

These were, as far as we can . 
tain, the first meetings that have 
ever been held in this part of the 
country by the Brethren. We I \- 
tend our heartfelt thanks and 
tude to the brethren who made us 
this kind visit. The Lord reward 
them, for it is our praver. Amen. 
JOHN K. NISEWANGER. 



Friend Hohinyer : A writer in 
the CbmpatMOM, recommending Pow- 
eshiek Co., Iowa, -ays they have a 
good country. . - il. and g 

society. The society may be ' 
than in Carroll Co', Mo. 1 have 

had one year's experience in this 
County, and am : it is a 

. country : soil rich and rolling. 
Farms can be purchased here U i 1" 
or 1-- e, with plenty of tim- 

ber : but the buildings are not \erv 
W iter good, and climate 
Persona wishing to come 
West, had better \isit this country 
There are now 6ve en 
: oil in this neigh 

lireli 
< iiurch. to this neighl 

■ church. a> I would like ko 



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die Poop*., that all the Churches 

embraced in the district, would, or 
of right should, assist in betting the 

oxpenset of the Annual Meeting 
when held by any branch within 
said district. How, by virtue of 
said resolution, I have been retiucst- 
c 1 to notify the Churches that the 
brethren at Antictain are now ready 
to receive the contributions from 
them 



D. BtfrfMWi Klkhart, Ind. 

Jacob D. Roeenberger, 

Martin <v Buaannai Neher, Ladoga. Ind 

K. Couirhnour, Adel, Iowa 

JaeeutLongerieeksr, New Enterprise, /"a 

Daniel Longienockeri Hunlerstown, by 

colloctton, 
Allen Bowers, Potato Creek, Ind. 
Laura A AattVa, Valley Farm, W. Va. 
Jaeol> Bcrkey, D. B. Strurgis, and J. E. 

Btudebaker, Ind. 
Mary A. Shallenbcrgcr, Walnut, Pa. 
John ('oilman, do 



. 5.00 

25.00 

12.50 

2.00 

27.00 

5.00 

.70 

16.75 

30.00 
5.00 

14.00 



2.00 
1.00 
3.00 

5.00 

3.00 

13.00 

6.00 



David BoMerman, Marsh Creek, Pa. 
It is proposed that the meney I J * c ° h s,c, • 1 • 8Dnku Spring, /"a. 

•i j • tj v. J u i Yours in love, O. 

be deposited m Bank, and checks Jenee RoyerJEaton, O. 
taken on the Waynesboro Bank David Kingery, Albia, Iowa, family gift, 10.00 

( Franklin Co., Pa.) and sent to 
brother John Stoncr, Ringgold, 
Washington Co., Md. 

1). M. BOLSINGER, Sec'y. 

m m 

AnnonurementK. 

A Communion Meeting, at the 
house of brother Peter Barnhart, 9 
miles South of Dow&giae, and 3 
miles North-east of Niles, Cass Co., 
Mich., on the Michigan Central R. 
R., on the 2nd and 3rd trays of 
June Next. Brethren, please re- 
member us who are in the extreme 
North, where the laborers are but 
few and the harvest indeed great — 
A general invitation is extended. 
JOEL BARNHART. 

Brother ffol singer : — Please pub- 
lish the following amounts contribu- 
ted for the use of A. J. Correll, the 
elder brother in whose behalf I ap- 
pealed to the Christian sympathy, 
through the columns of the Compan- 
ion. 



John Rover, Muncie, Ind. 

A. II , Bowline Green, Ind. 

Shannonville, Pa. 

S. T. Bosserman, New Stark, O. (family 
gift) 

Magnakcta, Iowa, 

JaCota Grouse, Mt. ( 'arroll. 111. 

Samuel II. Wolf, Cherry Grove, 111 

I. S. Walker, wife and sister-in-law. Bloom 

ville, Ohio 2.00 

S. II. B.i Bethleham, Ohio 5.00 

Samuel Lougeueckcr, Upper Conawago, 

/'a. 6.00 

Emanuel Blough, Quemahoning Pa. 25.00 
Anonymous. New Madison, Ohio 5.00 

A mother and her daughter, Somerset O. 2.00 



8.00 years, 2 months, and 7 days. Funeral dis- 
6.00 course from Luke 8 : 52, by brother Httttj 
5.00 Straw and the writer. Our* deceased sister 
2.00 died of Spotted fever; only sick two days.— 
1 She was baptized on last Pentecost, and was 
a model indeed. Onr loss is her great gain. 
6co. Long. 
In the Coventry branch, Chester Co., Pa., 
on the 8th of February last, brother ABRA- 
HAM (iKGBB; in the 7Ut vear of his age. 
Bo served in the office of Deacon for twenty- 
three years, and realized, we trust, the lan- 
guage of the apostle : "For they that have 
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Selected by ,S. L. Funderburg. 
Dr. Wad's Cradle lly mil. 

Hash, my dear, lie still and slumber; 

Holy angels guard thy bed ; 
Heavenly bleeunga without number, 

Gently falling ou thy head. 

S'ccp, my babe, thy food and raiment, 
Ilouse and home, thy friends provide ; 

And without thy care, or payment, 
All thy wants are Well supplied. 

How much better thou'rt attended, 
Than the Sou of (Jod could be, 

When from heaven he descended, 
And became a child like thee. 

Soft and easy is thy cradle ; 

(oars,- and bard thy Savior lay, 
When his birthplace was a stable, 

And his softest bed was hay. 

Blessed babe! what glorious features — 
Spotless, fair, divinely bright ! 

Mast he dwell with brutal creatures ? 
Sow could angels bear the sight f 

Was there nothing bnl a manger, 

Cursed sinners coiild afford, 
To receive the heavenly strangerl 

Did they tlius affront the Lord .' 

Soft, my child, I did not chide thee, 
Though my song might sound too hard ; 

'Tie thy mother sit- betide then, 
And tier arms ahull be thy guard. 

Yet, to read the shameful story 
How the Jew, abased thi ir King, 

How they served (he Lord of glory, 
Makes me angry while I sing. 

Bee the kinder sh.pherds round him, 
Telling wonders from the sky ; 

When hi him, there they fonnd him, 

With hi< virgin mother by. 

Sec the lovely babe a dressing 1— 

Lovely infant, how he smiled ; 

u li ii h • wept, the motber'i bl • 

">ed and bushed the borj Child. 
Lo, he slambers in the manger, 

Wli'-rethe horned <,xl-ii fed — 

my darling, here's uo danger. 
Tier, '- no Dzen near thy bed. 

'" - ue thee, child, from dying, 
B i. I,, j dear from burning dame, 
Bllter groans, and end leas crying, 
Thai thy b] I :: . aw eamu, 

Uiy lire to kAOW and far him, 

. ' lovebUu all thy ds 

ro dwell rot nun, 

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FJoJ .:..■ M ii || | 

< .in t.. greaJ i Joys aaplre. 

\p<mu a. 

■traagc Tlilasrsj, 

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y\ neighbors, and from th peru al of 
^ booasaud pamphlets which thej an 



frequently putting into my hands, 
that there is an opinion extensively 
prevalent that all mankind will be 
saved. Those with whose views I 
am best acquainted, generally be- 
lieve that there is no punishment af- 
ter death. Sin, it is thought, in- 
volves its own punishment ; conse- 
tpuently, when mankind cease to sin, 
as it is supposed they all will at 
death ; there will be an end to all 
their sufferings. This opinion ap- 
pears to me strange, not hecause it 
is entirely new, but because it is in- 
consistent with so many other things 
which I have long considered as 
facts ; and which so far as I know, 
have been considered as facts by 
others. 

The first of these is the solicitude 
which the apostles manifested for 
the salvation of their hearers. They 
conversed, and preached, and pray- 
ed and labored, as though they 
were deeply concerned for the sal- 
vation of their fellow men. Paul, 
in his epistle to the Romans, thus ex- 
presses the anxiety which he felt for 
his brethren, the Jews: "I >ay the 
truth in Christ, I lie not, my con- 
science also bearing me witness in 
the Holy Ghost, that I have 
great heaviness and continual sor- 
row in my heart, for I could wish 
myself accursed from Christ for m\ 
brethren, my kinsmen according to 
the fash." In the firoi ferae of the 
next chapter, he gives us the 
son why he was so anxious respect- 
ing his brethren. " M\ heart's de- 
sire and prayer to ' Jod fog I-. . 
that i ht be saved." That 

the salvation of his lic.i-.-r> was the 
• of Paul's exertions, a; well as 
re than in; 
the following j ■• | mn made 

all things i" all men, that I might 
bv all mi . tome." Paul w a> 

anxious, ooi only so t | liim- 

dvatioa of his 
fellow creatures, but that all to ahom 

the tn com- 



mitted, should do the same. This 
is apparent from the following ad- 
dress to Timothy : " Take heed un- 
to thyself, and unto thy doctrine ; 
continue in them : for in doing this 
thou shalt both save thyself and 
them that hear thee." Now, upon 
the supposition that Paul, and the 
rest of the apostles, knew that all 
saved, it appears to me strange that 
they should manifest this solicitude 
about it. It is not natural for mankind 
to be anxious that an event should 
take place, when they know infalli- 
bly that it cannot be prevented. We 
see no one anxious lest the sun 
should not continue to rise and set, 
and the- seasons observe their ap- 
pointed successions. And the only 
conceivable reason is, all men are 
satisGed that the rising and setting 
of the sun, and the rotation of the 
seasons, will continue as thev have 
done. Now, if Paul knew, and, if 
it is a truth, he did umpiestionably 
know it, that all men would be sav- 
ed, he could not have had any anxi- 
ety respecting the salvation of his 
brethren, or an;, one else, any more 
than those who know the sun will 
rise to-morrow, can be anxious lest 
the/ be left in total darkness. — 
Paul's anxietv rejecting the salva- 
tion of his brethren and others, and 
the great exertions which he made, 
and endeavored to influence others 
to make, in order to suve them, are 

Age sad unaccountable things, 

Upon evciy other Supposition, but 

that of his considering them in rlau- 

ajer of perishing and his seriously 
Gearing that many of theui actually 
would perish. 

2. Lithe doctrine of uivurasl sal 
ration was taught iy th< .. it 

a l'l ' me that tii r 

I***! . much alarmed 

their preaching, 'lhat the preach. 

nig or the did i icita great 

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tecost, tkree thousand were pricked 
in their heart-;, up >n the hearins of 

Peter ■ sermon : icd under tin- inrlu- 

enei of their deep anxiety, they ex- 
claimed, " Men end brethren, what 
shall we do ':" 

I' seems to have been a convic- 
tion of his guilty, perishing condi- 
tion, produced by the doctrine of 
Paul, that influenced the jailer to 
inquire whet he should do to be sav- 
ed. When Paul stood before Felix, 
the Roman Governor, and reasoned 
of righteousness, temperance and 
judgment to come, Felix trembled." 

Now, if the Apostles believed the 
doctrine of universal salvation, they 
doubtless understood to preach 
it. But it appears to me strange, 
that their hearers, while hearing 
ill will be saved, or wdiat evi- 
dently implied this, should tremble, 
give signs of the deepest distress, 
end with tears entreat the apostles 
to inform them what they mu-t do 
to be saved. Their deep solicitude 
is perfectly natural upon the suppo- 
sition that they were taught the re- 
ality of a future judgment, and the 
danger in which they stood, of perish- 
ing forever, as a jast punishment for 
their sins. We can easily see, that 
a firm belief in this truth, and a live- 
ly apprehension of it, would produce 
the very trembling and alarm, and 
inquiry, which were produced. But 
as the opinion under consideration 
is inconsistent with their bavins 
been taught any such thing, it ren- 
ders the fact of their deep anxiety 
wholly unaccountable. To get rid 
of the difficulty, we will, for the 
present suppose that they were need- 
alarmed, as many are occa- 
sionally thought to be at the present 
day. 

;5. Admitting the fact, that Christ 
end the itp '-ties taught the doctrine 
of universal salvation, it appears to 
me inexpressibly strange that wick- 
ed men manifested so much opposi- 
tion to their preeching. Christ and 

the apo t 1 "- doubtless preached the 
truth plainly and faithfully. Of 
course if the doctrine of universal 
. . Itjvau >n is true, they preached this 
docl te; the; e understood to 

w, preach it ; and they never preached 
' MTthins inc with it. Now 

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whet there is in this doctrine so re- he will not do it. What if God is 
pngnent to the feelings of wicked al.le to destroy the soul in hell ? if 

it is known that there is no such 



men. es to excite such opposition as 
Christ and the apostles encountered 
from them, 1 never could see. That 
the feelings of men arc in an unsatis- 
fied state, are opposed to the doc- 
trine of future and eternal punish- 
ment, is a truth which every one 
knows from his own experience, as 
well as from observation. On the 
supposition that Christ and his apos- 
tles preached this doctrine, it would 
be perfectly easv to account for all 
th? opposition which was made a- 
gainst them. But why all the world ^ cease of their 
as it were, should rise up against 
these holy men, and persecute them 
even unto death, only for declaring 
the glad tidings of salvation of all 
men, is one of those unaccountable 
things which I acknowledge myself 
unable to explain. 

4. Upon the supposition that all 
will be saved, there is something 
peculiarly strange in the language 
in which Christ and the apostles 
speak of the future state of the righ- 
teous and the wicked. With the 
idea in his mind, that it was the de- 
sign of Christ and the apostles to 
teach the certain salvation of all 
men, let the reader consider, for a 
moment, a few of their expressions, 
and see if there is not something 
peculiarly strange in them. " Fear 
not them which kill the body, but 
are not able to kill the soul ; but 
rather fear him which is able to de- 
stroy both soul and body in hell." — 
Matth. 10:24. Again: " Fear him 
which, after he hath killed, hath 
power to cast into hell ; yea I say 
unto you, fear him." Luke 12: 5. 
It is not a little surprising that Christ, 
who upon the principle here assum- 
ed, wished to guard his hearers a- 
gainst any apprehensions of a pun- 
ishment beyond this life, should here 
speak of Cod's being able to destroy 
the soul as well as the body ; to de- 
stroy the soul in hell, after he had 
killed the body. Besides I cannot 
see the conclusiveness of our Savior's 

dug in this place. What if 

j able to destroy the soul as 
well a* the body ? this is no reason 



why we should fear him rather than 
ier b iklg, if it is known that 



place of future punishment as hell, 
and if God is such a being that he 
will not destroy the soul in hell, I 
do not see why the circumstance, 
that he is able to do it, need to 
frighten us. I doubt not Christ did 
reason conclusively. But in this 
case I cannot see the force of bis 
argument, unless he meant to teach 
the dreadful doctrine, that the souls 
of the wicked will go to hell, as a 
place of punishment, after the de- 
bodies. M Enter ye 
in at the straight gate ; for wide is 
the gate and broad is the way that 
leadeth to destruction, and many 
there be which go in thereat ; be- 
cause straight is the gat? and nar- 
row is the nay which leadeth unto 
life, and few there be that find it." 
Matth. 7:13,14. Now if Christ 
believed in the doctrine of universal 
salvation, I should suppose that in- 
stead of exhorting his hearers to en- 
ter in at the straight sate : that in- 
stead of using the alarming expres- 
sion, " Wide is the gate and broad 
is the way that leadeth to destruc- 
tion, and many there be which go 
in thereat," he would have told 
them honestly, that there is no way 
to destruction, and, of course, that 
none are going there ; that instead 
of saying in the style of the illiber- 
al partialists of the present day, 
" straight is the gate, and narrow 
is the way, which leadeth unto life, 
and "few there be that find it," he 
would have adopted the more catho- 
lic language of another class, and 
without hesitation declared, " that 
the gate of heaven is wide, that 
the way thither is broad, and that 
all will find it. 

" Marvel not at this : the hour 
cometh in which all that are in their 
graves shall hear his voice and come 
forth ; they that have done good to 
the resurrection of life, and they 
that have done evil to the resurrec- 
tion of damnation." John 5 : 28, 
20. Should I hear a preacher at 
the present day, use such an ex- 
pression as this, without any expla- 
natiott, I should naturally conclude 
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ture resurrection of the bodies of all 
the dead, but of the subsequent hap- 
piness of the righteous, and misery 
of the wicked. This I cannot doubt 
is the conclusion of ninety-nine in a 
hundred, the first time they hear the 
expression. It is truly astonishing, 
then, that Christ, who is supposed 
to have known that these doctrines 
are totally false, and extremely per- 
nicious, should have used such an 
expression. Not one in fifty who 
now preach universal salvation, 
would, it is presumed, have the im- 
prudence to drop this expression, 
or any one similar to it, without at 
the same time so explaining it as to 
prepare his audience to receive a 
meaning, essentially different from 
the most obvious sense of the words. 
In his explanation of the parable of 
the tares and the wheat, Christ says : 
" the field is the world ; the good 
seed are the children of the king- 
dom ; but the tares are the children 
of the wicked one ; the enemy that 
sowed them is the devil ; the harvest 
is the end of the world ; and the rea- 
pers are the angels. As therefore 
the tares are gathered and burned 
in the fire, so shall it be at the ond 
of the world. The son of man shall 
send forth his angels, and they shall 
gather out of his kingdom all things 
that offend, and them which do iniq- 
uity ; and shall cast them into a fur- 
nace of fire .- there shall be wailing 
and gnashing of teeth. Then shall 
the righteous shine forth as th 
in the kingdom of their Father." — 
Matth. 13: :;8— 43. When I con- 
sider that this is an explanation of 
a parable which Christ had previous- 
ly spoken, an attempt to make thoM 
plain to tlicm what he had left in 
comparative obscurity, I have no 
Word* to express the astonishment 

which 1 fee] at his language. In- 
■lead of finding the doctrine of mu- 
ll salvation, plainly and une- 
quivocally taught, might ex- 

tiered it I.. 
iron rues i parahU »-■ this. We 
find b< istinotion made between 

the children of ihe king. 1. mm and the 

' ohildren of the wicked on . 
I sertion that those who do in uuity, 
I >hall he gathered out of the ki 
dom of (rod and east into i laku 



fire ; and an intimation that the 
righteous only shall shine forth in 
their father. How much more like 
a universalist would Christ have 
spoken, if he meant to intimate that 
all would be saved — how much more . 
generally, as well as easily, would ■ 
he have been understood, if he had 
been silent respecting a distinction | 
between the children of the kingdom 
and the children of the wicked one, 
and called them all the children of 
God ; and instead of dooming a ] art 
to a lake of fire, (as is frequently 
done in the pulpit of those now term- 
ed Bigoted Eeelesiastics) he had 
said, not that the righteous shall 
shine forth as the sun in the king- 
dom of their father." Christ was 
ben fit and sincere, plain and faith- 
ful in his instructions. But how he 
could be so, and use such language 
as is found in the explanation of this 
parable, if he believed that all would 
be saved, is certainly among the 
mysteries which are not yet under- | 
stood. 

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For the Companion. 
"What Lack I Yet?" 

The caption of this article was the 
language of a very interesting Young 
man that we have an account of in 
the Gospel. He was a very pecu- 
liar young man, because the Com- 
mandments that were rehearsed to 
him by our Savior, he had kept from 
his youth up. Young men or old, 
of such a character, are very rare in 
this or any previous generation. — 
Who of us can look into t! 
Christ, and say, " All these have 1 

kept from my youth up." it is clear 

to my mind, at least, that his state- 
ment was correct, otherwise, he 

would have been reproved for his 

Be this as it m -'ems 

to have had a conviction that lie was 

:ht. 01 be Would not have 

made the inquiry, " what lack I 

:" 
Probably many of U3, after ob- 
servin mmandm 

to conclude get- 
ting along finely on qui 

■ ui with much g: iprie- 

ty should WO en. piire of God in 

r, " What lack we yet." 



We may lack just what the young <4 
m did. That is, vre may be too < ^ 
much attached to our possessions, ' 
our farms, stores, shops, silver or 
gold, or whatever we B -ess, 

and like him we may be unwilling to 
give all up for the Lord. 
I But we may lack in u f ,fulnest t 
having neglected the means to qual- 
ify ourselves for eminent usefulness 
in the church or in the world. For 
the want of mental culture, we may 
be mere dwarfs in the world. — 
How many souls have been led to 
the Cross through our instrumentali- 
ty ! 

But, again, we may lack in the 

faithful discharge of "our duties. 

With regard to the public worship 
ot God s house, are we present in 
the Sanctuary ': How is it dear rea- 
der '.' 

But last, though not least, we may 
lack a " genuine Christian expert. 
. ence." What are our enjoyments ? 
Have we the witness of the Spit 
I Do we not know that we love God, 
I and that Christ is formed within us 
the hope ofgloiyl Are we now 
growing in grace, and | 
ward toward the "mark for the 
prize of our high calling?" What 
is our fruit ? Is it entire holiness ; 
do we feel that we are cleansed from 
all •• filthines* of the lash and of die 
spirit;" and that we have entered 
into that spiritual rest where the 
enemies are all expelled and the 
dom- dosed again.- 1 tin m '! 1: 
let us press the battle to the gate.— 
Wo Shall s i shout victory in hea- 
ven. If not, may the goo I L 
help us to enquire, " What lack 1 
yet ':- 

J.S.GITT. 

Adams ( ' ■.. /' |, 

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end of pride in public duties; of 

\y in adversity, and of 

auence in pi 

denoe in laboring for God, and 

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The War In PJteaWeHfa 

i there ■ us w.ir iii lu'.ivi'i) : Michael 
anil hit- angela fought agajnal the dragon ; 
• ml the dragon fought and bli angela, and 
prevailed not ; neither waa their place found 
aii\ room III hnaTfin And the great dragon 
I out. thai old inrp.ni. called the Devlli 
and Balaiii whlcb deoelTeth the whole world i 
be waa vjuti out Into the earth, nnd his angela 
-t out with him." Revelation 19 i " >8,9. 

\\ e 1'iiri ■-'■ to show in the first 
place, that this event is in the future ; 
and Beoond, when it will likely take 
place. Thai this event did not 
take place before the death of Christ, 
is evident, because it is said "They 
overcame him hv the blood of the 
Lamb." Rev. 12: 11. This proves 
beyond a question of doubt, that this 
event could not have taken place 
before the Buffering and death of 
Christ; because his blood was of no 
avail before it was shed on the cross. 
This we presume is admitted by all 
the followers of Christ. The next 
question is, did it take place since 
the death of Christ ? In Rev. 
\1 : 12, it is said, " Wo to the in- 
habitants of the earth, and the sea, 
for the devil is come down unto you, 
having great wrath because he know- 
eth that he has but a short time." — 
From this it appears that the devil 
will have extraordinary power over 
the inhabitants of the earth, after he 
is cast out of heaven and thrust 
down unto the earth. And this 
power he will have until he is bound 
by the angel with a great chain, and 
cast into the bottomless pit. Now 
we presume no one will pretend to 
say, that the Devil has more power 
over the children of men in OUT day, 
than he had when Chri.>t was upon 
earth or at any time previous, since 
the fall of man. But on the contra- 
ry, it seems that the Devil had even 
more power over the children of 
men, at the time Christ was on earth 
than in our day. But in Rev. 115, 
we read of a time, when Satan will 
evidently have more power than he 
now has, or ever had before this 
time, This shows conclusively that 
this event IS yet in the future, that a 
time will j when Satan will 

be cast uni of heaven unto the earth, 
and will have great wrath, because he 
knos eth that In- has but a short time. 

The second point will I.e. 



will this event take place 



is 



when 



IC 



T! 



first Question that presents itself 
here, is, what place is referred toby 
the term heaven, in the passage un- 
der consideration. Some are of the 
opinion that Satan was once an an- 
gel of God, an inhabitant of heaven, 
where Cod resides, where all is love, 
harmony, and peace, and that he 
there raised a rebellion and was 
overcome, and was cast out unto the 
earth. But we cannot see where to 
get proof from the word of God, to 
sustain this doctrine. Judc tells us, 
"And the angels which kept not 
their first estate, but left their own 
habitation, he hath reserved in ev- 
erlasting chains under darkness, un- 
to the Judgment of the great day." 
Jude 6th verse. And Peter said, 
"For if God spared not the angels 
that sinned, but cast them down to 
hell, and delivered them into chains 
of darkness, to be reserved unto 
Judgment." 2 Peter 2:4. This 
proves that angels sinned, and that 
God reserved them in chains of dark- 
ness, unto the day of Judgement. — 
But that Satan is one of these, is 
very doubtful. For the Apostle 
says, " Your adversary, the Devil, 
as a roaring lion, walketh about 
seeking whom he may devour." 1 
Peter 5 : 8. This does not seem 
like as if he were kept in chains. — 
And in Job 2: 1, we read, "Again 
there, was a day when the sons of 
God came to present themselves be- 
fore the Lord, and Satan came also 
among them, to present himself be- 
fore the Lord." And in 1 Kings 
22 : li> — 22, we read, "And he said, 
hear thou therefore the word of the 
Lord ; I saw the Lord sitting on 
his throne, and all the host of heav- 
en standing by him, on his right 
hand, and on his left, and the Lord 
said, who shall persuade Ahab that 
he may go up and fall at Rainoth 
Gilead. And one said on this man- 



This lying spirit which offered to 
persuade Ahab, was undoubtedly 
the same which presented itself be- 
fore the Lord among the sons of (rod, 
and is called Satan. Now would it 
be at all likely that one of these fal- 
len angels (spoken of by Peter and 
Jude) which were cast down to hell, 
reserved in chains of darkness unto 
the day of Judgment, could present 
themselves before the Lord. To us 
it seems not at all likely, and we 
therefore conclude that he is none 
of that class. When, and how he 
came into existence, are questions 
which we do not pretend to answer. 

And if we admit that Satan was 
an angel of God, and that he sinned 
and wa3 banished from heaven, the 
passage under consideration cannot 
refer 10 that event ; because if Satan 
was an angel, and was expelled 
from heaven, where God resides, 
and became a Satan, it must have 
been before man was created, be- 
cause we learn that soon after man 
was created and placed in a garden 
in Eden, that Satan deceived them. 
From this it seems evident that Sa- 
tan was in cxistance before man. — 
But the event referred to in the pas- 
sage under consideration, is to take 
place when the earth, and sea are 
inhabited. This proves beyond a 
reasonable doubt, that the passage 
under consideration has no reference 
to his banishment (if he ever was 
banished) from the presence of God 
for sinning or rebelling against 
God. 

Now we have shown that the term 
heaven, in the passage under consid- 
eration, has no reference to the 
place where God resides. Then 
what place is referred to? The 
Apostle Peter says " But the day of 
the Lord will come as a thief in the 
night, in which the heavens shall 
pass awav with a <;rcat noise." 2 



ner. and another said on that man- j Peter 3 : 11. We presume that no 
ner. Ami there came forth a spirit one would pretend to argue that the 
and stood before the Lord and said 



" I will persuade him." And the 
Lord said unto him, "wherewith?" 
ami he sail, " I will go forth and 
will be a lying spirit in the mouth of 
all bis prophets." And he said 
"thou shalt persuade him, and pre- 
vail also : go forth and do 60." — \ 



heaven where God resides will pass 
awav with a great noise at the com- 
ing of Christ. But the air surround- 
ing our globe ( this is, in our judg- 
ment, the heaven referred to in the ,», 
passage under consideration, out of . 1^ 
which Satan will be cast, unto the U 
earth. That Satan has his habita- 






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»S tion in the air, and reigns there, U and in righteousness he doth judge ! Will she cause me to be stoned, so 
' \ prince, is evident from the the Apos- and make war. His eyes were as a it happened to Stephen. Will she 
' tW words ; Brm. 2 : "J. " Where in flame of fire, and on his head were take away all my goods, I care not ; 



'd' 
time passed ye walked according to ! many crowns, and he had a name 
the course of this world, according written that no man knew but him- 
to tlic prince of the power of the air j self. And he was clothed with a 

vesture dipped in blood, and his 
name is called the word of God. — 
And the armies which were in heav- 
en followed him upon white hosres, 
clothed in fine linen, white and 
clean." This comin 



naked I came into the world, and 
naked must 1 return thither. 



(or according to the German trans 
lathm). The ] rime that reigneth 
in the air, the spirit that now work- 
eth in the children of disobedience." 
This spirit spoken of here is evident- 
ly Satan, who (according to the 
German translation) reigneth in the 
air. This aerial heaven is the place 
where the war wi!i he with the drag- 
on, (Satan) and his angels. And 
wc have showed that the event is 
vet in the future. Th<?n the qucs- 



YOUTHS DEPARTMENT. 



J or tht ' mnpanion, 
Au Addrrw* to the Youug. 

I have concluded in my weakness 

to offer a few thoughts, which- have 
_ of Christ on a been deeply impressed upon my mind, 
white horse, followed by the armies and if thereby I can do the least 
of heaven, evidently refers to a dif- ; amount of good, I am amply award- 
ferent period of time than that spo- ed for my labor, 
ken of by Paul to the Thessalonians. Reader, I too am young, and am 
At that time they shall meet the well aware of the many dangers and 
Lord in the air, the same as we go temptations to which we are exposed. 

tion will be, when will it likely take j to meet a friend when we hear that Satan is endeavoring by his sinful 

place? If we carefully examine all j he is coming. But at the time spo- amusements in every imaginary form, 

the passages referring to the second ken of in Rev., they will follow him, to allure us into his kingdom of 

advent of Christ, we can plainly see j which plainly shows that this is a darkness and unutterable woe. — 

that he will not all at once descend 

to the earth, and erect his kingdom, 

but that there will be different stages 

in his second advent. It appears to 

us that the elect will be taken aAvay 

from the earth, before the last 

plagues, spoken of in Revelation, 

will come upon the earth. The 

Apostle Paul in speaking of the 

coming of Christ saith, " For the 

Lord himself shall descend from 

heaven with a shout, with the voice 

of the Arch-angel, and 
of God, and the 



different event. And we find if we Then let us be on our guard, lest we 
read further, in the same chapter, be overcome. It is lamentable, that 
that that will be the time when he I so many intelligent beings will yield 
will come as king of kings, and Lord , to his power : more especial! v, be- 
of Lords, and smite the nation which cause we have such a lovin_- Re- 
will gather together to make war decincr, in {he man Christ Jesus.— 
with him. And then undoubtedly : Let us contemplate his excellence, 
he will set up his kingdom, and reign There is a majestic sweetness en- 
in person, with his saints a thousand throned upon kit brow, not • 
years. compared with the sons of men. He 

Much more might be said about lived in perfect union with the Fath- 
the gathering (or taking away of er before the world was ; pertainlj 



trump 



with the the elect from tlie earth), and Christ's there was happiness there. 

dead in coming in person, but we will leave ' Rut when man became 90 corrupt, 



Christ shall rise first. Then we j the subject for the present. And in he sacrificed all his Glory for a time, 
whieh are alive and remain shall ■ conclusion we say, we for our part, and came into this lower world, hum- 
be caught up together with them in believe the time is near at hand, and bly teaching us the v. ay of life : bear- 
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 1 we ou^ht to watch and be ready to ing all the Insults that sjnfu] man 

him, and Anally 



air 



olonds, to 

so shall 



we ever be with the meet the Lord in the air. 



Lord." Thea. 4 : 1<;, 17. This in 
our opinion will be the time when 
the war will be with the dragon. — 
When the elect will meet the Lord 
in the air (the hearen where Satan 

now reigns). Then they will over- 
come him i>\ the Wood of the Lamb, 

and by the word of their testimony ; 

and the Devil will \»- cast down to 

the c 

remai 

space 

haps be some years before he will 

de icend on the v. hHe hor ■ . 1 i i 

are told in Rer, 10! II 14, " \nd 



V \ u:\tinerloo; II. 

Berlin, J' a. 



ing all the in 
could heap upon 



was crucified. For whom ': 

you and me. Ho became poor thai 

— •♦- we might be made rich ; be died 

When the Empress Kudoxia lay that we might live. Was h« I 

in wait for the life of ChrySOStom, thus tod.? y,, u a ll *i!l ha. 

he expressed his religious confident , no : l at he did it oaj of 

in the following woras^part of a let- pure love, and yet yon are putting 

tor to Oyriaeue:- "Will the Km- him off. "can you s 

press eanee me to be sawn asunder, 

artli. [low long the Lord will even to it was whh the prophet lsa- a very dear friend, on< - 

in with the elect in this aerial ieh ; will she east me into the sea, 1 really loved ; au 1 that friend would 

(, we are not told; it mat per- 'will think of Jonah ; will ihe throw „!i. ht „ .< ; would i*. not grieve 



nit 1 the fiery furnace, 1 will 

think of the three men. Will she 

give me up to the *i!d beasts, — I 

I saw heaven Opened, and behold a Will remember Daniel in the Lion's 

white hone and be that Bal upon den. Will she cut off my h 

bin was culled faithful and true, will have John for my Oom] 



Just so, and much more you are 
grieving a heavenly friend, one 

• Itickoth closer than • 
Sinner, did you cvor consider your 



0? 



— __ 



..i--M ■ Duinvr, am yuu ever conquer \ our 

»ead, 1 e ■-.. lit: ml I> j ur soul . ■ 

Are you happy in the eouree you/" 



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art: penning 1 1 know you are not. 
Then why do you linger.! You will 
never grow better by delaying; but 
Satin will tighten hi* bold on you, 

anil it will be the more difficult to 
get loose. Some say if it were not 
for thin, I would join the army of 
the Lord ; others say, were it not 
for that, I would beeorae a member 
of the Church ; that i3 the only bar- 
rier in my way. Such things that 
1 arc no barrk-rs at all. Some 
may think the world will hate them ; 
but if it docs, it wdl only give evi- 
dence that there is something good 
about them, for Christ said we should 
be hated by all men for his name's 
sake. " Ble »sed are ye when men 
shall revile you, and pesecute you, 
and shall say all manner of evil 
against you, falsely, for my sake." 
"Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for 
jrreat is vour reward in heaven." — 
We must not expect to be rewarded 
in this life ; our reward is at the end 
of our journey, and if wc walk faith- 
fully we are sure of obtaining the 
prize. We have a beautiful exam- 
ple in a Mary of old. After Jesus 
was buried, " The first day of the 
week conieth Mary Magdalena, early, 
when it was yet dark." She came 
early to the sepulchre, seeking her 
Lord. Is not this a beautiful illus- 
tration of the propriety of Seeking 
the Lord in early life. Considering 
the circumstances connected with 
the burial of our Savior, we might 
conclude there were strong barriers 
in her way ; there being a band of 
soldiers set to guard the sepulchre. 
But she heeded them not and went 
on until she found her Lonl. If 
there was an army endeavoring to 
keep you from your Lord, we would 
not wonder that you stay away. — 
Hut the way is plain, the terms easy, 
and all have free access to a throne 
of grace. Therefore the greater 
will be your condemnation, if you 
persist in your present course. 

Oh, my dear young friends, will 
you not forsake the follies of this 
vain and sinful world, and flee to 
the outstretched arms of Jesus, be- 
fore it is forever too late. Then 
make up your minds at once, and 
como to Jesus ; he stands ready to 
receive you, the moment you give 



I 



Resolve to- 
to-morrow 



your souls up to him. 
day you will serve him ; 
it may be too late. 

Come youth and people, one and all, 
And hear the Lord in friendship call, 

I love your souls extremely dear, 

TIkt' lore iirjline yourselves und hear. 
LIZZIE MYKR&. 

MUHriburfft Pa. 

Bible 4)ucMtlon*. 

Who was it, and where can it be 
found in the Bible, that made a vow 
♦hat the first bein<; that met him 
when he got home, he would offer 
unto the Lord ; and the first object 
that met him was his only daughter. 

What king dwelt in a house of 
Cedar ? 

Who prayed the following pray- 
er ? and where is it to be found ? 

" Blessed art thou, God of our 
fathers ; and blessed is thy holy and 
glorious name, for ever. Let the 
heavens bless thee and all thy crea- 
tures. Thou madest Adam and 
gavedst him Eve, his wife, for an 
helper, and stay. Of them came 
mankind. Thou hast said, It is not 
good that man should be alone, let 
U3 make unto him an aid, like unto 
himself. And now, O, Lord, I take 
not this my sister for lust, but up- 
rightly, therefore mercifully ordain 
that we may become aged together; 
and she said with him, Amen." 



LOCAL 


MATTERS. 


Tyrone 


City, 


Pa., 


May 8, 


1866, 



CORRENPOXDEME. 



Dear Brother, and kind reader; 
We are all created for a wise and 
noble purpose ; and that we may fill 
our station in life, and accomplish 
the end for which we were created, 
wc must "first seek the kingdom of 
heaven ;"' then we have the promises 
of God, and no where else. And 
after wc have sought, we must then 
grow in grace, and in the knowledge 
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 
When wc see the tender corn shoot- 
ing from the ground, green and 
fresh, we say it must have proper 
culture. The noxious weeds must be 
rooted up, and when this is done, 
and it receives the gentle showers, 
we expect then to see the corn ma- 



ture, and come to perfection. We 
live in a sin poisoned world, sur- 
rounded by the enemy of our gouls, 
and, when we see anything coming 
up which will retard the cause of 
our Maker, or impede our progress 
in the service of our God, we should 
all lay a helping hand, and by trust- 
ing in God, and praying him for as- 
sistance, we will be able to get rid 
of any evil that may arise. 

Pride is one of the evils that grows 
like the apparently harmless spear 
of grass, by the side of the tender 
corn, it (pride) does not make a 
great show at first, neither docs the 
grass, but let it alone and it will 
take a great root ; then spread out 
its leaves to catch the rain, and take 
in all the gentle dew. The corn be- 
comes impoverished, and finally 
dies. So it 13 with man, or the 
Churdi. Let pride get a deep hold 
on either, and they are gone. We 
should be on the alert, and not let 
it have any room in the heart, or in 
the Church. Let us all be on the 
watch, and not, like the slothful man 
who would not pull up the grass, for 
fear it might injure the corn ; or I 
will wait and see if it will do any 
harm ; — he sits folding his hands, 
and by and by he looks after it 
again ; he says now it i3 too far 
gone ; it is no use to look after it. — 
Just so let pride run on, to see 
whether it will do any harm, and sit 
down in case, — when we then think 
wc will look after it again, it has 
ruined the Church. And how many 
at the present day are saying, you 
are too particular ; if you was not 
so, more would come to the Church ; 
we would increase faster ; your plain 
ness keeps thousands out of the 
Church. '. what folly ! when we 
are commanded to come out from 
the world ; and they would have us 
go along with the world that wo 
may increase faster ! May God for- 
bid that wc should ! But I pray 
that he may help us to keep our- 
selves unspoted from the world. It 
is true, that pride comes in many 
ways. But most commonly with 
this kind of a plea, "other people do 
so, why may not 1 .'" O, dear ^ 
brethren, let us look well to old i v * 
land marks, and those who are like,^ 

J 

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o myself, not grown old in the service 
■\ of our Maker, like many of our old 
fathers, and mothers, who have 
stemmed the storm, and have anchor- 
ed at the haven of immortal glory ; 
and others who are crying for sin- 
ners to turn, and have stood for 
many years ; whose heads are silver- 
ed over by the frosts of many win- 
ters ; such as these let us follow in 
their foot-steps. And, one and all, 
let us contend for the faith once de- 
livered unto the saints. For this 
world with all its pleasures are 
nothing ; as we who live in the hill 
country of East Tennessee, as well 
as elsewhere, have experienced. — 
Our property apparently took wings 
and flew away ; our friends drove 
from thejr homes, — some shut up in 
prison, — some hid in the mountains, 
— and what was it all for ? Was it 
for our humility ? no, it was on 
account of our pride, and our folly. — 
And I sometimes think, that we soon 
will have some other scourge, more 
fatal and more destructive, than the 
war which has just passed over us. 
Some men said the North was to 
blame ; some said the South was to 
blame ; now we think different from 
either party, for if the North had all 
been good, of course the battles 
would have all been as Caleb's ; or 
if the South had been all good, the 
result would have been the same, 
but we think both were to blame in 
part, for both North and South had 
become so wicked that the Lord per- 
mitted them to combine in parties, 
for to kill each other. 

Now we who have said by our ac- 
tions that we are not of the world, 
but have come out fruin the world, 
we should tell the people, and that 
by our actions, that we are opposed 
to party spirit, for it gendereth evil 
or strife. We have seen this tried, 
and it is just so, for if we take part 
in those political questions of the 

day, we mi rely wOl lose right of the 
banner under which ITS have enlist' 
ed, — the blood Stained banner of 
Jesus, and we will forget that it was 
"in the name of our God" tiiat »,■ 
have " set up our banner." We 
have Inscribed on our banner, lore 

'J to God, and love to man. St let us 



when all our troubles and trials are 
over, we may join the armies in the 
skies ; where we shall feast on God's 
love, both day and night ; where we 
need no sun to light the city ; where 
we can drink out of the crystal 
fountain that proceeds out of the 
throne of God and the Lamb ; where 
all tears will be wiped from our 
eyes, and where we can sing the 
song of Moses and the Lamb, forever 
and forever ; Amen. 

ABRAHAM MOLSBEE. 
Cedar Grove, Tenn. 



South of Covington. The good 
work is still going on here. Five 
more were baptized last week, and 
several more at the Covington 
church." 



Ruilroad Privileges. 

Brother Hohinyer: — As the Rail- 
road privileges were not quite com- 
pleted when I last wrote, and as the 
various Companies have cheerfully J Lewiston. 

granted the favor for all our mem- Lewis, a brother living near the sta 
bers going to Annual Meeting, it i* ! tion. C. F. WIRT 

right that they should understand 
the arrangements in order that they 
may avail themselves of the ad van- 



Announcements. 

A Communnion Meeting to be 
held with the Brethren in Winona 
County, Minnesota, commencing on 
the 14th of June next, and to con- 
tinue over the following Sunday. — 
A general invitation is given, and 
especially to ministering brethren. 
We hope the brethren will remem- 
ber us in the far North-West. — 
Those coming up the Mississippi will 
stop at Winona ; thence on the Wino- 
na and St. Peter R. R., 18 miles, to 
There inquire for J. S. 



tages. I will, therefore give the 
arrangements again, correctly. 

On the Penna. Central, the North- 
ern Central, and the Sunbury & 
Erie, the arrangements are the same : 
the members pay one local fare 
from where they come on the Road 
to the place they leave it ; (no time 
fixed foi starting) then at the meet- 
ing they get a ticket that will return 
them free to the place they started 
from. 

On the Cumberland Yallev Road 



Warren, Minn. 

* » 

Minutes. — A brother wishes to 
know whether we will furnish a copy 
of the Minutes of our next Annu- 
al Meeting to all our subscribers. — 
We expect to do so, either in the 
Companion, or in separate sheet. — 
We expect the Council will grant us 
the liberty of publishing them in our 
paper. 



Onr Annual Meeting. 

We remarked last week, that when 

they begin to sell tickets on the 1 Jth Moscs was convinced of the proprie- 
of May, that will be good to return ' ty and practicability of the sugges- 
until the 80th of Mav. Those tick- tion, or plan, of his father-in-law, he 



ets a te- 
stations 



bought 



Philad./j hi,,. 



at any of the mam 
C. ( USTER. 



Brother Joseph llolsopple, Indi- 
ana, Pa., -a\.- : We held S choice 
for Deacon in >>ur church (Manor), 
which resulted in the electi n of the 
following brethren: George \ 
Daniel BralUsr, and J .ck. 



Bister Hannah 

t'i.. Oh 



i iff, ' -ovins. 






l'i. : rect 

a mistake j on made, on p« c 1 27, 
it volume. The Brethren'* 
Sunday School referred to there, in 



^fight the battles of the Lord, that I in the village of I mfles oil Meeting 



at once approved of it, and also put 
it into practice. He did not say, I 
have been lining niv business in this 
way, and 1 think 1 did it well enough : 
or, 1 do not like to make anv chance, 
because I have been doing it in tin.-* 
•rag for a long time. and. the Lord 

has apj roved of it. .ml | rOSpercd us 

under this system, lie mads no 
such objections, though bs would 
have had better reasons for doii 

than the Brethren haw aOW,t0 raise 

es against making a change 

in the manner of boldinc our Coun< 



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Iron of Israel were Annual Council, which 



delegates 



J) While the Child 

t Lea numerous, and consequently also shall compose the Annual Meeting; 

the .(iieMiima for decision or judg- ami that the Standing Committee he 

Meat, Moses eonM jadge between appointed by them a year in ad- 
then ; just BO with our Brethren. — , vancc, that is, this year's meeting 

While the Church numbered only a appoint the Standing Committee for ' fo"the "'om/m»ii<m. s 

few thousand members, and the del- next. I ?• ?• DHUpg, Polo, III. 



I Also in tlie same Congregation, April 20, 
1 CHARLES L., >on of brother Jacob and Hater 

Anna BEECBL >'; aged 5 urns, and W days. 

Funeral ■orvicei l>v Hoses Weaver and the 
( writer, from Job 14 : 1, 3. 

Wm. Pahi.ku. 

1 

Lis! of moiiejN received, for subscription 



•gates perhaps as many scores, they 
could conveniently meet in some 
large upper room, or in a ham floor. 
And when a question was to be de- 
cided, one of their number could, in 
a few minutes, go around to every 



member, and ascertain his sentiments, 

and thus the j could have a perfect ; the ideas, and hence have borrowed 

understanding. Now when our del- | them from him. 

cates number M many hundreds 

with the immense outside pressure 



Lydta Denlingcr, Gordon vllle, A. 
W e believe we will now be under- Jeaeyrua rotmg.Wesi Alexandria, c 
„t~ 1 rvu 1 i* r ii t Adam Hollingcr, Bermudlan, A. 

stood. Ihe selection of the above Lucinda Kncpp, Nora, 111. 

text, and the principle ideas, must &^.c&f U ?o' ''" 
be accredited to my father. Daniel Peter Brtndle, do 

xr TT * . Christian Baker, do 

M. Ilolsmgcr. Our motto is, tolLeaiHow, Meehanrcetnrr&Fa. 

•,,„ j., e , , • Abraham 8ollcnbereer, 

give every man credit for what is Len Hertzler, Mycfstown, A. 
due him. We were impressed with I *** D - AuMei.erK.-r. Wanton Mark,/\i. lib 
r 8. W. Grayulll, Martineburg, A. 2.00 



1.50 

1.00 

1.50 

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2.00 

1.50 

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.85 

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.85 

.85 



Skeleton Found. — The skcle- 



Samuel Forney, Shannon, III 
Rebecca Bhlveley, Bayard, O. 
Win. K. M.x.ro. Mifflin burg, Pa. 
Amos Wright, Newport, n. 
David Ober, Mttcbel't Mills, /'a. 
Win. Evans, 8ugar Valley, /"a. 
, ton of a man was found, last week, I Spencer. Beaver, Nora, III 
it is practically impossible to get the . 

full sentiment of all the authorized 



S. T. Bosserman, I'unkirk. O. 
a ravine along lusscy S Moum John 8. Snoebcrger, Montiecllo, Ind. 

I "avid Fisher, do 

C. Brechblcl, Pittsburg, In. I. 

Burm-ttsville, Ind. 
. . are toga, 111. 
identified to be that of friend David '. Geo. w. ©leh, Boahoak, 111. 

t> , r w ,•1.1 ' EXfza Glah, Gusher's Mill. Va. 

Bulger,of Martinsburg, who so myste- Dr. J. Beechley, Belbysnort, Md. 



tain, a short distance above Rebecca 

Furnace, this county, which has hen ■'• -.' i', h Amieh. 
'! . . J mm . ^ . 8. Baker, W. 8a 



delegates. Hence we would say, our 
Annual Council will gradually but 
surely wear itself away, and the peo- 
ple with it, for the thing is too heav- 
y for it. Let the church, then, pro- j n0U8i J tllaa PP car ^> about *" f 3 cars Ami. ffp. BnHington, In* 

J ago. As we understand an miiuest - 1 "^ r '<' Marshall, Bachman, Ob:o 

, , , ,, .. , ,, J. W. Sollenhcrger, I'nion.O 

has been held on the spot, we shall 



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vide able men to be rulers of thous- | 
ands, for which the District Coun- 
cils will answer every purpose ; the 
branch councils will rule over the 
hundreds ; the ministers over fifties, 
and the deacons over tens, and let 
them judge the people at all seasons, 
and let them bring every great mat- 
ter to the Annual Meeting ; but eve- 
ry tf/Call matter they shall judge ; 
so shall it be easier for the Annual 
Meeting, and others shall bear the 
burden with it. 

In our District we have the Dis- 
trict council in the Fall ; then the 
Annual Council in the Spring, and 
our branch council we can call at day evening previous. 

anv time, and our ministers and dea- 

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cons we have in our midst, so that ; * , 

In the Ashland branch. Ashland Co., Ohio. 

we can have matters judged at all April 4th, brother JOHN B, MOTER; aged 

."•"> years, 7 months, and '_"J days : leaving a 



■ rntnbakor, Franks town, Pa. 

K. W. Sine, Arlington, 111. 

John Thomas, Washington, T mn , 

Ellas Steel, New Bedford, Ohio, 
David Sollenhcrger, Swan, Ind. 



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will of God as be b is revealed it through his 
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Number 20. 



tor the Companion. 
Temperance Hymn. 

Heavenly Father, h»ar my prayer, 

Kor thou alone cm' 
Oh ! slii'-l 1 me frorn the drunkard's doom, 

And from a drunkard** crave — 
Teach ni • to ihun the proifer'd glass, 

E'en from a friendly hand, 
Kor when it comes in friendship's guise, 

Temptation few withstand. 

OU! who can name the countless ills 

That lurk within Mm howl. 
Tli ■ WM of wealth. <if friends, of breath, 

E'en .if the priceless soul. 
A wretched, life-d. ■pairing death, 

Disease and sham ■ and sin ; 
1 ImM nre a pari, end 1/tit a part, 

Of the wo -s that lurk within. 

Oh ' who can trace the downward path 

From thoughtless n vrlry, 
Through douhl, then fear and dark despair, 

To u'.ti r misery. 
O ! for a master h..nd to paint 

The scenes of that dread curse. 
And on each yielding, errring soul, 

Their 1 Mains to enforce. 

J. 8. GITT. 
Adam* Co.. Pa. 



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S- Ifctol f'ir th' ' 
Ht range things. 

C'jntimud from pa<je 145. 

'• When the son "of man shall come 
in hi3 glory, and all the holy angels 
with him, then shall he sit upon the 
throne of his glory; and before him 
shall he gathered all nations : and he 
shall separate them one fr.mi anoth 
er, as a shepherd divideth his 
frem the goats; and he shall get the 

ou hid right hand, but the 
goats on the left. 'Dion shall the 
king say to them on his ri^ht hand, 
1 ye bleared of my father, in- 

herit th'.- kingdom prepared for you 
Iri ni the foundation of the worlcf. - 

ihall be iint i them on 

th • left, depart ye cursed, into 

.- Bre, prepared for the devil 
and hu angels ; and these shall g" 
away into ' rerlasting punish 
l.ui tin righteous into life eternal." 
tyatth. 29 tl, 41,46 N m 

if the opinion that th. be i 

rjudgmenf, at which all the 
human race will be summoned be- 
fore ' 'liri it, tli 
from the wicked, toe one r 



endless happiness, and the other 
consigned to ceaseless perdition he 
groundless, it is to me peculiarly 
strange, that Christ, who must have 
known the falsehood of this doctrine, 
should so plainly express it. as he 
does. When he speaks of all . 
tions being gathered before him, of 
his separating the righteous from the 
wicked, as a shepherd divideth the 
sheep from the goats, of his inviting 
the one to tfxe enjoyment of that 
kingdom, prepared for them by his 
Father, and of his bidding the other 
depart. accursed into everlasting fire. 
prepared for the devil and his an- 
gels ; if he did not believe this doc- 
trine, it is certainly natural to sup- 
pose that he would have been more 
cautious than to use language which 
so unequivocally express - it. 

That thousands of honest inquirers 
after truth have understood him to 
assert this doctrine, in the pa 
before us, is what few, if any will 
pretend to deny ; and that he knew 
they would thus understand him, is 
a3 generally acknowledged. It ap- 
pears to me strange, therefore, that 
be had not used expressions that 
would have clearly conveyed his 
meaning, and prevented the numer 



to teach that there will be no punish- 
ment after this life, I am wholly un- 
able to reconcile their expressions 
with truth and sincerity. Paul's 
language to the Corinthians upon the 
future condition of mankind, direct- 
ly contradicts the language of those 
who preach opposition to the doc- 
trine of future punishment. '• We 
must all appear before the Judg- 
ment seat of ' .'hrist ; that every one 
may receive the things done in his 
body, according to that he huth 
done, whether it be go • 1 or bsj i — 
•2 Cor. 5: 10. If" Paul believed 
that there is no judgment after death, 
and no j aniahment hut what is suf- 
fered in this life, it is very difficult, 
to say the least, to tell whathe meant 
by our receiving at the judgment, 
the things done in our bodies. Xor 
iiere appear tu be any propri- 
ety in his intimating a> be appears 
to do, iu the following passage that 
mankind go to judgment after death. 
'• It is appointed unto men once to 
1 after this the Judgment." — 
Heb.9: l'T. 
A universalis! might perhaps, in 
[uence of finding such exi 
triptnrea, make ei 
them in his public discourses. l»ut 



ous distressing fears, as wellns hurt- if he were a man of prudence, he 
ful errors, which his I mid carefully guard the mi 

'• , -'-" t u -} rainst a misundersl 

aider, that Christ kneu the truth up- tag of them bj his 
on tin •. that he was able I V . o therefore, I find Paul freely 

express it with the greatest plain- using such expres 

that ho bad no intention of panying them with no explan 
frightening th n .,.,.,„ \ tl the 

»ted repi but that bis ; from their m ist ol 

real object WM to OOliitin. impelled • 

bioetimpoi tical informa luK-ut nn 

and then let them tell me bow 

I 
thai of those who preach wonky miuisl t j, lc . 

the gloomy doctrine of future au 
1 lasting punishment, 
The conduct of the 
on th \ appeal 

lv strange with that of Christ. If 



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wore iii'ii.'li to make the st 
tremble. Rut what ha 

prised DM more than anything else 

i a to this Bubject, is the feci, 

that Paul, nn.l others of the apostles 

res »na up m this subject as 

strong, and as full of terror as any 

thing which every dropped from 

.\\>*. I never heard the most of- 
fensive of these preachers, say any- 
thing which appeared to me more 

livocally to assort the doctrine 
of future a ml eternal punishment, 
m ire indicative of God's displeasure 
with the wicked, or m >re calculat sd 
to frighten them than the following 
language of Paul : " the Lord Jesus 
shall be revealed from heaven with his 
mighty anirels, in flaming fire tak- 
ing vengeance on t'icm that know 
not God. and that obey not the gos^ 
pel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who 
shall be punished with everlasting 

iction from the presence of the 
1. >rd, and from the glory of his 
power." 2Tbess. 1: 7—9. One 
tiling must be obvious to all: should 
I preach the universal doctrine and 

a free use of such expres 
of the apostle as that above quoted, 
without accompanying them with bis 
own interpretations, my hearers 
would conclude that I had changed 
his sentiments. v These remarks may 
lead my readers to conclude, that 
Paul wa^ more careless, or impru- 

in his language, than the rest 
of the apostles. Put I am far from 
thinking that this is a fact. Al 
Ji I dislike to charge him or 
any of his brethren with imprudence 
or insincerity ; yet, upon the suppo- 
sition that they believed in the salva- 
tion of all men, I say again, I can- 
not reconcile their language with 
sentiments, or with an;. - iri 
o is intention of communicating 

v.'.- will now suppose that John 

I in the salvation of all men, 

and at the same time consider, for 

ige which be 

in relating ■• rision which he 

had ei future things: "I saw a 

rone, and him that sat 

t^\ it, from whose face the earth and 

the h iav< n (1 I I saw the 

I the books were open ■ I : 



and ai -vhich 

wpa the I and the dead 

were judged out of those things 
which were written in the books, ac- 
cording to their works, and the sea 
gave up the dead which were in it, 
and d sath and hell delivered up the 
dead which were in them, and they 
were judged every man according 
to their works. And death and hell 
Vere cast into the lake of fire. This 
is the second death. And whosoev- 
er was not found written in the book 
of life was cast into the lake of fire." 
Rev. 20: 11—15. Here I cannot 
refrain from remarking that it is a 
strange tiling, that John, who, as we 
have supposed, was perfectly free 
from any apprehension of a Judg- 
ment after death, should have had 
just such a vision as this; and ad- 
mitting, as we must, that he did 
have it, it is unaccountable that he 
should not have had the prudence 
to express himself a little differently, 
or to all some explanation to his 
words, which would have satisfied 
every honest reader that he did not 
] mean all which he seems to say. If 
• he had told us, expressly, that be 
did not mean, by what he bad said 
| respecting the dead, small and great 
standing before God, to intimate 
that an} r of the human race would 
( ever be raised from the dead ; that 
i he did not design, by the books bc- 
i ing opened, and tbe dead being 
judged out of the things written in 
the booljs, to be understood that any 
would hereafter be called to an ac- 
count for what they had done in 
t.:is life : and that by his declaration 
•' Whosoever was not found written 
in the book of life was cast into the 
lake of fire," he had not the most 
distant th eight of alarming any one 
with the fear of future punishment. 
Although it would then have been 
impo ■ m any fair principles 

of interpretation, to ascertain what 
< he did moan by his expre3si ins, ; et 
be might have appeared honest, and 
sincere, and prudent. But to leave 
his expres i >na in the unguarded 
form in which they now stand, looks 
like r of imprudence direct- 

ly calcula 

and even discerning minds, into the 
gloomy belief of a day of judgment 



and perdition of ungodly men ; a '/ 
species of imprudence which we are 
sure would destroy tbe popularity, 
and essentially, injure the cause of 
any uuiversalist at the present day, 
and of which none of this class, with- 
in my knowledge, is ever guilty. 

"). If there is no punishment after 
death, there appears to me to be 
something strange in God's treat- 
ment of his creatures in this world. 
Generally speaking, the righteous 
and the wicked are here treated es- 
sentially alike. Although there are 
instances in which God does, by his 
providence, inflict signal punish- 
ments upon the wicked, and confer 
signal rewards upon the righteous in 
this life ; yet these instances, be- 
ing comparatively rare, must bo con- 
sidered among the extraordinary e- 
vents of his providence. God's gen- 
eral rule of dealing with his crea- 
tures in this life — a rule from which 
he never departs, except in extraordi- 
nary cases, and for special purposes — 
is expressed in the following words : 
" he ma keth his sun to rise on the 
evil and on the good, and sendeth 
rain on the just and on the unjust." 
Solomon seems to have been con- 
vinced that, as a general rule, God 
treats the righteous and the wicked 
alike in this world. " All things," 
he says, " come alike unto all ; there 
is one event to the righteous, and to 
the wicked." 

In another place, he says, " there 
is a vanity done upon the earth ; 
that there be just men, unto whom 
it happeneth according to the work 
of the wicked ; again, there be wick- 
ed men, to whom it happeneth ac- 
cording to the work of the right- 
eous." Now, if it is a fact, as is 
unequivocally asserted in these 
words, that rewards and punishments 
arc not always distributed in this 
life according to the deserts of men, 
it is strange to me that there should 
not be a future retribution. To my 
mind, there is no truth more indis- 
putable than this : the goodness of 
God must lead him, sooner or later, 
to treat all bis creatures according 
to their eha. e.cters. 

Besides, upon the principle that 
all will immediately be happy after 
death, there is often something 



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, strange, even in those instances in 
which God make* a distinction be- 
tween the rightnoua and the wicked 
in this world. Whenever the judg- 
ments of God upon the wicked are 
such as to carry them, out of the 
world, they must, for aught I can 
see, become blessings; as in such 
cases they are always instrumental 
of removing the subjects of them 
from this world to heaven. Now 
the flood which has uniformly been 
considered a3_ a judgment upon those 
who perished in its waters, mu.-t, up- 
on the principle here assumed, be 
considered as a judgment upon No- 
ah, and a blessing _ to those who 
were destroved ! Header, look at 
this subject one moment ; those who 
perished, all went immediately to 
heaven, where they wore made per- 
fectly happy in the enjoyment of 
God ; while" Noah, after having wit- 
nessed the agonies of a dying world, 
and enduring the sorrows of this 
seemingly dreadful catastrophe for 
forty days and forty nights, was left 
an "afflicted solitary individual, with 
no society but his own family, and 
no possessions but the ruins of his 
ark. To this solitary pilgrimage be 
was driven, for no other reason than 
for being a good man ; while the 
true cause of his companions all 
being received so soon to b 
was, they had corrupted their way 
before the Lord ! 

A similar reason most be assign- 
ed why Lot, deprived of his wife, 
ami dispossessed of his inherits 
was obliged to linger out a pitiable 
existence in the little city Zoar, 
while the inhabitants of Sodom 
Gomorrah, after one momentary \ 
pans from the devouring elei 
in which they were enveloped, were 
all received to the mansions of 

and why M .pared to eil- 

lahors and hardships, 
self denial of a journey through the 

M ildei in •--. and to i ■ the 

. tbe murmurs 
and reproachc 
pic ; while Pharaoh and h - 

who uali U< d him, all 

saielj entered the r it | re] ai 
tin: people of God, the mouj 

overwhelmed io the Lied 
This ii the strange attitude in which 



the opinion undercomd deration pre- 
sents all the judgments of God, 
which have swept the wicked from 
tbe earth. So far from having been 
evils to them who su.Tered them, 
they appear tj have been 

On the whole, I can I think 

it strange, that a doctrine attended 
with so many strange things should 
, be thought to be true. There must 
J be something strange in the struc- 
\ tnre of that mind, or in the feelings 
of which it is the Bubject, which can 
i believe this doctrine in the lace of so 
much plain testimony, an 1 in oj po- 
sitiou to so many well known facts. 
The mind which can believe this doc- 
trine, i'i oj position to the scriptural 

and ,- 
which pi es< nt themsel ust it, 

cannot be prevented, by scripture, 
from believing anything which it 
wishes to be true. Do you ask, rea- 
der, what is the reason '{ wh\ so ma- 
idily receive the false and ab- 
>urd doctrine which has now been 
considered ? In the following scrip- 
ture you have the answer: " Hay- 
ing the understanding darkened : 
be rig alienated from the li '•■ of God, 
through the ignorance that is in 
them, because of the blindness of 
their heart." 

JOHN R. IIOLSINGER. 
Mt. III. 




A Word to Bi'_i>. 

A writer in aa educational jour- 
nal, tb of which we havi 
fortunately lost, has the following 

I ertinent and t. uthful remark- : 
. istcn ! j 

want i 



ability, there is no stuff in him worth (/ 
talking about. He may learn to t 
plow, and sow, and reap, and mow, 
but this can all be done with ma- 
chines and horses, and man wants to 
be something better than either of 
those. Wipe out of your vocabulary 
every such word as fail, give up 
wishing for improbable results, put 
your hand to the plough, or whatev- 
er tool ; . and drive on 
and never look back. Don't even 
sight your person to see if it is 
dit ; don't be c ; but 
. If you go out to 
see a reed skaken by the wind, it is 
pretty likely you will never see anv 
thing of m>re c 

a m 

. — 'The worst 

evil.- are those that never arrive." — 
By way of practical council • 
the borrowers of trouble I won', 
face the real difficulties and trou- 
bles of life, and you won't have time 
for practicing the ait of self-torment- 
ing The most contented people in 
the world are those who are most 
employed in alleviating with Chris- 
tian heart and hand, the sorrows 
that flesh is heir to. Visit the homes 
of ignorance and poverty and vice, 
and in the face of the terrible reali- 
u will there wit. own 

ill seem as nothin 
The anxieties of the fancy will 
iah altogether while you" will be far 
tlble to bear those burdens 
which though real, wi light 

by compari- n. 



A POO! WB PaMNTB R) 

1U:U. — "I would be glad tO 

parents understand, that when thev 
isinvou, is nee : that i • ,■ : • 

.... Zu , „ , , ♦./ " ,l ttonej jndiciouah rove 

and adorn the house, and the ground 



arda yon; , man. 

[f I ng togi .-inula 

veloping the most forcibl 

Turn them 
upon their ow . with their 

.il and re- 
us t.uth when tbe\ 

ir chddr 

tin 
thrown upon hi- own .it 

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around it. they are, in fa 

their children an to sta"v at 

homo IB much 

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whore (•• its the 

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for thi Companion. 
A < rll IriMii Rriirncil. 

D It i-i with much reluctance that I 

ighl to review the criticism in No. 14, on the 



with the example ? Does he not know that there WM 
no Changing, that is, that one washed and wiped the 
feet of all, in the example of Christ? In the conclu- 
.-ion of the above quotation, brother M. savs, u all are 
• of feet washing, as I am <iuite unwilling to [ washed and all are wiped ;" hut this is no't the case in 
intrude on the worthy column? of your excellent paper; the example in question, fur it is evident that Christ 
hence it is j orelj i dutp that prompt me to act. had his feet neither washed nor wiped. Again he savs, 

Brother M, seems to think that I hare entirely mis- ' 

taken my character, to which 1 simply add that •' I am 

■ man as thou art ;" and I sincerely trust that 1 

"Judge no man," but, in the mean time, we have very 

i assurance from Christ himself that " by the fruit 

we thai] know tlu- tr 

I humbly regret if anv remark in my former essay 
Ilk proven to brother M., or any of the rca- 

ders of the Companion, for they were not so intended, 
but were prepared with the purest feeling of Christian 
love for the welfare of the Church. I have never had 
the pleasure of a verbal intercourse with brother M., 
but my impression of his ability is favorable, in view of 
which wo are much surprised that ho denies the incom- 
patibility of the example and precept of Christ, in the 
of feet wa>hin<». 
In the example of Christ he taught humility and 
love, and it was a test of obedience ; as an ordinance 
in the Church, it teaches the some and is a test of the 
6ame thing. Christ observed the ordinance before 
supper, we observe the ordinance at the same time ; 
Christ washed bis disciples feet with water and wiped 
them with a towel ; we wash our brethren's feet with the 
same clement and wipe them with the same article ; 
now in the^e respects, and others that we might men- 
tion, the example of Christ and the precept are perfect- 
ly compatible, hut this compatibility does not exist in 
the mode ; for in the example Christ washed and wiped 
all their feet, and did not have his feet washed at all ; 
• but in the precept he tells us to " wash one another's 
feet," or according to the German translation " wash 
among others," and as 1 stated in my former essav, in 
the example one washed the other's feet, but the pre- 
cept teaebea us to " wash one another's feet." l)oes 
brother M. term these compatible ? If he does we be 
leave to say that our limited view of the language is 
diiferent. 

We will now compare his own views with the exam- 
ple of Christ, and sec if they are compatible, as he has 
tried to prove. He says, " the time arrives to com- 
mence feet washing, the brother at the head of the ta- 
ble arises, lays aside his garments, girds himself with 
a towel, washes and wipes the feet of the brother next 
to him. He then that is washed proceeds to wash and 
wipe the next brother's feet, in the same manner, and 
so on till the brothor at the foot of the table is washed ; 
he then take- the water and towel in like manner, and 
goes to the brother that commenced the work, washes 
and wipes bis fel :. and the sister- proceed in the same 
manner ; all are washed and all are wiped, all have 
washed and all have wiped one .moth' I 

Does brother M. claim that the above is compatible 



"all have washed and all have wiped," this again l 
not the case in the example of Christ, because none of 
the disciples either washed or wiped. Christ is the 
only individual that washed and wiped on the occasion 
in question. 

If space and brevity did not forbid, we would gladly 
show brother M. that incompatibility exists, at least to 
an equal extent between Christ's baptism and its prac- 
tice, in the Church ; a hint of which we gave in our 
former essay ; but as we have some distaste for contro- 
versy of this character, and at first decided that we 
should make no reply, we shall here leave the subject 
to \ our respective considerations, hoping to have no 
further occasion to call your attention to the subject. 

I. J. RO^ENBERGER. 
Went Independence, Ohio. 

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Ilomr Again. 

Home again ! What holy and tender emotions are 
awakened by these two simple words, especially when 
realized by one of this world's weary wanderers, who, 
having battled against the rude storms of life, returns 
home after an absence of many years ! No matter 
how much our nature has been warped by time's relent- 
less hand, or led captive by the caresses of others, 
whose hearts never felt what their lips were wont to 
speak, there yet is truly an imperishable charm about 
the dear home of our happy childhood, which ever 
shines forth with all its hallowed influence, still cling- 
ing to our hearts wherever we may wander. 

Home again ! How many thousand objects that per- 
haps never before elicited so much as a passing glance, 
are now invested with new beauty, and bring to mind 
the glorious memories of the past, fraught with so many 
endeai ins recollections of friends, whose confiding 
dances were wont to mingle with, and meet the ex- 
pression of ours, in those halcyon days of youth, when 
the sky was so pure and cloudless, when we knew not 
care nor sorrow, and life's pathway seemed so bright 
and sunny. Many changes may have passed over the 
dear old home ; the voices we now hear may not fall 
upon our ear as softly and sweetly as theo ; a loving 
heart that once beat in sweet unison with ours, may 
never-more greet the yearning spirit again. Yet 'twas 
our home — our happy childhood's home, — and with ail 
its changes, is fondly welcomed to us again, its light 
still shining brightly, like a star of hope on the weary 
path of life, till its lustre is dimed by the high stars of 
Eternity, which shine brighter and brighter through 
the gathering gloom of death, to light our freed spirits 
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And yet of what little avail at best is this earthly no account of devils being saved. Is it man that makes 
home to'us '.' We know that time's brightest hopes are this choice ? Nay verily it is God himself, who testifi- 
doomed to fade ; in a few Bhort years at most our little eth "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy. I 
copy must clone, leaving as to steal alone a mightier wiD have compassion on whom I will have companion ;" 
and broader ocean than any we have seen. We know yea God has chosen. Did Abrain choose God, or did 
that thU earthly home, though ao dear, is no abiding ' God call and choose Abram ? Did David choose the 
home for us. Then where u it that we can feel in truth throne ! Was there any fitness in the youngest son of 
more ? If we listen to the stars that Jesse ! Nay verily, but on the contrary, even Samuel 
nightly hold their joyous festival around the midnight said, surely the Lord's anointed is before me, as he saw 
throne, they point to a brighter home beyond their glit- Aliab go forth, but God seeth not as man seeth ; 
teting path. If we Listen to the angel voices that beck- and 60 we might multiply cases, but let this suffice, and 
on to us from the shores of immortality, they tell of a j look at it in another light. 

home where the freed spirit is wraped in eternal rest ; We will now introduce a few figures made use of in 
where every tear is wiped froin sorrow's eye by the ' Scriptures, in connection with the work of salvation. — 
loving hands of Jeans. If our earthly home is welcom- We notice that salvation consists in part of an idoptiott. 
ed with such fnHinrfl of joy, what rapture must fill the We are adopted into the family of God, according to 
soul, when, freed from sin ami death, it gains a home j the law of adoption. Now it is evident that none 
beyond the shores of time ! To feel at home with Je- j but the parent can have the power to adopt. Asa 
sus, never again to wander from his love ; never to feel j father, I have a right, if any desire to enter my family, 
grief and woe, but instead, '• Joy unspeakable and full ] to adopt or refuse, for no one can have a right to force 
of glory." At home with Jesus! Blessed thought !; himself upon me, and so in adoption it must be God 



May we all be so inexpressibly happy, when we have 
"Put off this mortal, and put on immoitality, to ex- 
claim in words of rapture — at home with Jetus. 

M. STROM. 
Bristol, Ohio. 



For the Companion. 
TVho are God'ai < hosou People? 

First Cor. 1 : 2G — 30. Inasmuch as many of our fellow 
beings, and even some of our brethren, believe in an moment impute that salvation to my own choice ! 
election, that some men will be saved, and were so 



who choses his own children. Thus it would seen 
clear, according to the figure and illustration of Scrip- 
ture, that the choice of the men to be saved, must be 
left with God. Let us for a moment a«k ourael 
have we chosen ourselves '.' No, God must have chosen 
me, for I never could have chosen him, determined to 
live in sin, prone to wander, fond of iniquity, drinking 
down evil as the ox drinketh bis fill of water, | as saith 
the man of God) and now saved by grace, dare I for a 

1 
do choose God most freelv, but take notice it must be 



ordained, while others will be lost, with all the effort because of some previous work upon my heart, changing 

they may make to be saved, we shall endeavor to in- that heart, for my unrenewed heart never could bare 

ve-tigate the subject, and see why it is that some are choson him ; for, saith the apostle, ''the natural man 
lost, while others are saved. I cannot receive the things of the spirit, for they are 

In the first place we give the reason why some sink foolishness unto him," &C And again, '"he that « 

to hell. It is their sin, arid only their sin ; they will come to God must believe that he is, and no man com- 

oes repe n t ; they will net believe in Christ; they will eth unto me except the Father draws him," says the 

not turn to God, and therefore they perish wilfully, by Savior. 

their own act and deed ; bufhow is it that Other's are Now the question would ar; God only call 

saved? Whose will is it that bath made them to differ : some, and not every one that arrive- to rears of ac- 

If wo carefully read the above named Scripture, we countability ''. We will hear the spostie "ii that . 

find the text three times most positively answer the the grace of God which bringeth salvation^ hath api 

question. It saith not, "man hath chosen," but it saith cd unto all men, teaching them of denying onicodli- 



three times, "(Jod hath chosen. " This will be clear to 
any thoughtful person ; if we first of all turn to certain 
Wherever we find a case of election in the Old 
Testament, it is manifestly God irho makes it. If ire 
go back to th earliest time, angels fell, who kept 

not their fir-' and WOTt A in chains un- 



," &c. "''oiiic all ye end- of the earth, and b 
saved, for I delight not in the death of the sinner, but 
that all should turn and live." 

w the next question that would arise; Who are 
his choten people ? U>tuerefei to the text nod - 
"He hath not chosen many wise men after the flesh. 



der darks i the Judgment of the great day*; and not many mighty, not many noble are called. M Now 

even Satan fall. The srpentdrew with ana the if man had the power of < rejasttl 

third part of I u. They fell from nbe- p)e who would have been select* 1 ; but God bath cho- 

dienee ; thej w'< re condemned to eternal fire. Mm .-en tie' foolish things of the world, to confound the 

unned also . Adam and Eve broke tin- covenant with wise * the weak things, the base things to confound the 

yet G I in bis great mercj gars the promise to mighty, 4c. Non man had to mak< 

^K the woman, that the seed of tin >« should bruise selections, those are the verj peri na wl i would have 

r£. the Serpent's head. Some men. *re saved, but we have been left oat. God's choice Li dire 



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'a, or human choice. Man 
sos those \\ lu> WOttld D0 must helpful 
t<> iii:m, but God cboo ■ who 

would be most helpful to him, 
to the ad> ancemcut of hit 

\\ c must however notice hei e, that 

the t ubt saj . " not any ;" 

but it "n rt many wise men," 

We believe that God hath 

a also some wiae men, but not 
niivnv wise men, after the flesh, for 
('■ 1 will truly make wise men, but 
Dot wise after the flesh, but wise in 
tin? knowledge of their God and 
• r ; for bad God chosen the 
cunning, the philosopher, the 
students, the rabbis, men who look 
down upon the illiterate with scorn, 
they were but dust beneath 
their fe ■:, for if those great men 
.■''i is:M\ they would perhaps 
sav, how our wisdom helps us! If 
the twelve apostles were, or had all 
been wise men, after the flesh, they 
might have said, we are the twelve 
picked wise men of Judea, but in- 
9t 1 1 of that, Christ looks after, and 
makes choice of twelve fishermen, 
who are considered as the ignorant. 
He takes them and they become the 
disciples. They spread the Gospel, 
an 1 God has the glory, and not the 
disciples. Blind wisdom gropes in 
the dark, and like the wise men, 
they go to Jerusalem in search of 
the new born babe in vain, while 
shepherds from the field, go to Beth- 

i and find Christ at once. — 
"Not many mighty ;" not the Na- 
polean, not the Alexander, are not 

s chosen? We would conclude 
that if those mighty men of war 
were the chosen of God, we might 
say because of their valor, the ex- 
celencv of their swords, and the 
strength of their arm, has cotnpelle 1 
Others to receive Christ. Why not 

-.•them? Our text jays, not ma- 
ny mighty. No, Christ chose no 
warriors One of his disciples used 
a sword, but to vory poor effect ; for 
he only cut off a man's ear, and 
Christ healed that, and that was the 
end of poor Peter's fighting. The 
conquest does not depend upon the 
mighty. God has doc chosen them, 
many noble were called ; by 
which we would understand : with a 
large pedigree, descended through 

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a line of princea, for nubility might 
been thought to stamp the Gos- 
pel with its pre*! ge, &c. 

I see my article is getting too 
lengthv. and have only gat through 
with the 26th vprse, .u,d three more 
to dispose of, so 1 will but touch, 
and not tarry. But God has chosen I 
the foolish things of the woild, as if 
the lords chosen, were not good 
:h to be called men, but were 
only things ; as if the world looked 
down on them with scorn ; that th \ 
did not say, who are these men, but 
who are these things, fcc. " 
hath chosen the weak things.'" The 
word things comes up again. They : 
were not merely weak men, but 
weak things. .Who is Christ' Aj 
wretch hanging on the Cross. — 
••Save thyself."' Who are those I 
twelve that are setting him up. — 
What arc the twelve poor fishermen, 
who can hardly muster one single 
talent of gold to pay custom ': Who 
is this Paul upon mars hill ? What 
will that babbler say ? " God hath 
chosen the weak tilings." The base 
things, we would understand, with- 
out pedigree ; things that have no 
"Sir Henry." Their fathers were 
some nobody. Such were the apos- 
tles of old. They were the base 
things of the world. Yet God hath 
chosen them. Things that are de- 
spised ; such as were sneered at ; 
such as were persecuted, treated 
with scorn, and yet God has chosen 
them. And things that are despised, 
they are not worth noticing, yet 
God hath chosen them. And what 
was true in Paul's time % is true now ; 
for the Bible does not change. In 
eighteen hundred and sixty-six, God 
chaoses the things which are despised, 
nipt as he did in the \ ear thirty- 
three. then, let us nut shrink 
from our duty. 

In conclusion, do you know that 
you arc but flesh, and sinful flesh, 
and God is willing to accept you on 
his own conditions, laid down in 
the Gospel? Give up your own will 
j to the will of God, and you may be- 
come reconciled to God. and you 
;• is, that God hath chosen, for all 
that will come, may come, and par- 
take of the water of life freely. 
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Tyrone City, Pa., May 15, 1866. ^ > 

Religious Dialogue. 

//. Your last proposition wn«, 
that all true Christians will practice 
certain ordinances, but that the mo- 
tive that prompts them to do so, is 
an evidence of their regeneration, 
rather than the means of brin;rm<; 
about that state. I do not know 
that 1 shall be able to analyze so 
fine a point. Nor do we wish to 
contend for anything that the Lord 
does not demand. Our position is, 
that the Lord has commanded us 
nothing but what he intended Ave 
should obey. Neither docs he re- 
quire anything of us, that U not in- 
tended for our good and his honor. 
Besides he demands no impossibili- 
ties, and asks nothing, but what it 
is our rea&ondble service to perform. 
As to the motive from which we 
yield obedience, there can be but 
one ; the love and glory of God. — 
This might be termed the cause, and 
the effect is the salvation of the 
souls of those who love and obey 
God, — upon God's own promises. — 
If you are good enough already, and 
vet feel willing to keep God's word, 
we do not know that we have aay 
reason to object ; and if I feel my 
weakness, and follow the precepts of 
my Master, and labor to advance in 
Godliness, or to grow in grace, we 
cannot see from whence \uu would 

oppose us. 

Profeu&mr. We do not oppose 

vour growing in grace, " unto the 
measure of the stature of the fulness 
of Christ," but we do contradict the 
doctrine of meriting salvation by the 
works of poor mortal m&a. 

II. Why then do you perform any 

works ? 

r . Because, having been born of 
God, 1 take pleasure in doing the 
will of my Master. 



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If. If you are a Universalis, 1 /'. My object in our conversation with our next issue. If we do not (/{_ 
would advise you to read and study is to learn your views, instead of ad- receive permission to publish the 
an article published in our last two vocating my own: to he taught, and Minutes in our paper, we shall give 



issues. 



headed M Strange Things," 

before we discuss that theory, as it 
presents many of the objections 
which I should introduce to you. 

P. I claim to have no connection' 
or sympathy with Uuiversalism, and 

as vehemently oppose the theory of, questions, and so suddenly discover 
universal salvation, as that of salva- ed that it is out of place 
tion bv works. 



not to teach. I shall, therefore, be a re] ort of the Meeting in the I 

pleased if you will consider the pan&n as we did last year. 
question proposed to you. The report will appear in our next, 

//. I shall not object, though it and the balance of this Vol. will be 

would appear somewhat strange that furnished for 90 cents. 
have answered all mv former 



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II. Then you believe that a part 
of the human family will be saved 
and a part will be lost. T now wish 
to know how, by your faith, that sal- 
vation or destruction is effected ; 
whether by God's election, or fore- 
ordination, or predestination, or by 
man's choice. 

P. God has elected the plan by 
which those who will come unto him, 
must come, but he has left it to 
the creature to accept or reject his 
offers. ^ 

//. You are right ; God did elect 
the plan. Then if a part only of 
the human family will be saved, will 
you please define that class, which, 
in your opinion, will receive salva- 
tion. 

P. They are those who have 
"washed their robe-;, and made thein 
white in the blood of the Lamb." 
Rev. 7 : 14. 

11. Very good ; the blood of the 
Lamb baa been spilled for our cleans- 
ing, hut unless we become willing to 
enter its purple wave-, and lnbor to 
purify ourselves from all unclean 
ness, evidently the language of your 
t<-\t will not apply to OS. And h >\\ 
is bhia washing <>r purifying in the 
blood of ( 'hri-t to be performed, for 
you must remember that the text 



Onr Address— Missent I,ettets. 

One day last Aveek we received 

no less than three missent letters. — 
As a general answer, I would say. The?e had aU be£ . n ^ ^ Tvner 

Obey GW. That is we believe C ith, Ind., although thev were all 

that all God requires of man, is obe- prcttv p]ain]v a ,j,lres,e«V One of 

dience to his will. Man car.notobey these * was a ;i tcd September 10, 1866, 

God, unless he believes in God ; he aU(1 contained />0 cents from brother 

cannot believe in God unless he Solomon Secrist, Summit, Ind., for 

knows hm: he cannot know God, balance of subscription last vear. 

unless God reveals himself unto AncAes-was dated Jan. 30, 1866 

man, which he has promised in his an(i cont . li , u . ll v;-,.,^, suh>cription 

word he will do to all those who dil- for Jacob B Wo]f? and Eu Wolfj 

I igently seek after him. By disobe- Ladoffa Ind. 
dienee Adam fell, by obedience to I The third is dated St. Joseph, Ind. 

the command of the Lord, man may March 04, but is postmarkeil Walk . 
be reinstated. Hence if the inquiry : ektown, Ind., April 25. 

were made by one from whom I had a, Vc have bccn CO nsiderablv anov- 

evidenee of faith in God and w e d dj having letters missent toTtt 

Savior. I would say to him. repent NKK '<; ITY ; iu vicw D f which we sball 
of your disobedience to Godj and drop the - Citv " in our address, 
submit to the teachings of hia word. | and make our * address 



If I had evidence of " repentance 
from dead works, and of faith toward 
1 should then admonish the 
subject to advance in the first " prin- 
ciples of the doctrine of Christ;" — 
and. would direct him to the doctrine 
of baptism, and would say unto him, 
" And now why tarries! thou? A- 
bapttxed, and wash a- 



simply, Tt- 
of the Poal 

the town is 



RONS, Pa. The name 
office is Tyrone, but 
called Tyrone City. 

The writers of the above letters 
will now be able to aocount for what, 
no doubt, appears to them, careless- 
ness in us. 



« ay thj sins 
the Lord." 



colling name of 



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Jfedlral. — Kor the flrtt lime ih the hU- 
tory oTour paper We mil lh.- iitlrnlloii of our 
reudi-re to an artii !<■ of medicine, in I 
I. now n thai ' 
i-haiitv. as »«• (ball ruiin- DOthing lor il. — 



Kn Vnnr>r "Kt>-rt "WVnL- \ family, and i 

1,0 x 'M Jtr " LXl WCCK. -V!- ,,„„ ,,„,,., manilfeettirea » which 

we shall be absent from home the i»«ua«'Bod Liuii 

...... iii- "'' ' *' ' 'nrn» 

, u Which nave waehed tketr greater pari ol next woek, we have o,.i - , •. 

ooaeluded to drop one number. If 

of the Minutes of 



robes," and not have had them amah 
; ) cd. If 1 would iay unto you; 
V' What must I do t a be W\ < 1 
^f^what answer would you give me ? 

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the Meeting, we sliall send them out 



dlaeaaea, inch n« Neuralgia. Kb< uti 

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(ORRt.M'OMIF.Mi:. 

To the brethren ami sisters, greet- 
Through the mercies and 
..i" God, 1 am again at 

with mv little family, after 
traveling through the great West, 
ami netting manj ofeurdeai breth- 
ren and natora, whose we found to 

be all of the same faith and order 
with the Brethren ofTenneasee. We 
were made to rejoice to find so many of 
them G intending for the faith which 
was once delivered to the saints, 
and the order of the Brethren, which 
wc believe i.s in accordance with the 
Gospel. But we were pained to 
find some who do not conform to 
the plain order of the Christian 
garb. We desire that a uniformity 
should exist throughout the Frater- 
nity. Brethren, you who do not 
travel much, do not know the great 
proprk-tv of being uniformed. We 
are all sheep of one shepherd, there- 
fore we concluded we should all 
conform to one order, in all things 
as much as possible. It is out of 
love we write to you, brethren and 
sisters. I am nothing but a youth 
in the ministry. I hope to see more 
uniformity than now exists. When 
1 joined the Church of Christ, I re 



Weatem Kuilroml PrUtlegea. In the Berlin branch, Somerset Co., .Ph., 

We ha re had correspondence with * i 7 , ' r f p £**** H ', ^^2^°*^ 8 ,*'£ 

,, . , - * , , , uel and sister Elizabeth VOKNM; aired 20 



the PresidetttB of several roads, and 
expect to get the privilege of pass- 
ing all back free, that pay full fare 
going, at least over the Baltimore k 
Ohio, and Ohio Central, via Colum- 
bus, Zancsville, and I'cllair, Cum- 
berland, M'l.. and Martinslmrg, Va. 
Kpun Martunburs to Hasrerstown, 
Md., there will be conveyance bv 
Hack. 

HENRY D. DAVY. 
Mt. Vernon, Ohio. 



Queries). 

Will some one tell me why the 
Brethren do not any more elect 
| preachers, as they did in ancient 
times ? I learn in history, that the 
old brethren gave any cne the priv- 
ilege to preach, and then elect them 
i by vote. 

Geo. Ashenlrkxner. 
Vinton, hnoa. 

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In English River branch, Keokuk Co.. la., 
lour respected voting friend, JOHN HENHY 
BROWER, son'of Elder David Blower ; aged 
91 years, 11 months, and 10 days. Disease, 
Consumption, which he bore with much for- 
titude. John Henry was a kind and obedient 
son, beloved and respected by all who knew 






him. Funeral service by the Brethren, to a 
nounced the world, vowed to live in large concourse of people, from 1 /Yter, 1:21. 
»U„ C|„,.a ,, lnnir an <5hp kpnt ' Also, in the same branch, April 21 . ENOCH 

the Church as long as sne kept Eif r> Son of brother Philipj a F ml sistcr Cath . 
house according to the Uospel ; and 
uniformity is one of the orders of 
the Church of Christ. My dear 
reader, do not think that I believe 
that the religion of Christ, is in dress 
alone, but we are to be a separate 
people from the world. There are 
many ways in which we should be 
separate, but this is one of them, 
and separation iu this is as much 
binding as any other. Dear breth- 
ren and sisters, think of your bap- 
tismal vow. Then as one of old 
Let us search and try our 
wart, and turn again to the Lord. 
Now onto him who is able to keep 
yon from falling, and to present you 
faultless before the presence of his 
gb.ry. with exceeding joy; to the 
only" wis.- God OUT Savior, be glory 
an i majesty, dominion and power, 
now and erer ; Amen. 

SAMUEL MOLSBE 

Jl, : ifrfvil!r, Teim. 



aged 

years, 5 months, and 14 days. She was con 
lined to In r room for nearly Omonths. when 
on the *veniugof the 30th of April, she left 
this stage of action. During her lingering 
sickness, she made tool use of her time, tea- 
king, some four weeks previous to her depar- 
ture, application for baptism, which request 
was fultiH--'! j— when >hr patiently passed her 
soul with Christian fortitude and resignation 
to lirr last, She bade them all farewell, and 
said, " Now 1 am going home." Thus laaT- 
Ing to a lacge circle of relations and friends, a 
lasting hope and consolation. Funeral servi- 
ces from John 11:2, o, by the Brethren. 

Geo. Sciikock. 
VUitor please copy. 



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I.i.Ht of mono > h received, for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

/'. II. Knrtz, Goshi u. Ind. 

Abraham ¥. Myers. Ashland, O. 

Jesse Messlmore, East Berlin, i'a. 
' Amos Fii'.iz. Waterloo. TV 

Samuel Stutzman, Bloonnngton. 111. 
! John N.Barnhar:. N. Liberty, Ind. 

Jacob li. Wolf. Ladoga, Ind. 

Eli Wolf. do 

Dorld 11 ckmaa, Elkhart, Ind. 
| Moses Fr r (io 

John Bobison, PRtsflel I, O. 
' Elizabeth Dickey, Ashl m.l, O. 

Emanuel Umbaugh, Pierceton, Ind. 

Lizzie Jones. Ku!pr,\ ill a, I'a. 

Samuel M. Mohler, 'ovington, O. 

D. M. Davidson, E Idyville, la. 
: flenry Ellaburgcr, Cambridge, Ind. 
The following have paid 50 cents. 



anne Eby ; aged 7 year6, 10 months, an<l 11 
days. Funeral discoursc,on Sunday the 22ud, 
by the Brethren, from 2 Thes. 4 : 14, to a 
large concouroc of people. 

Joiin Thomas. 

In the Howard branch, Howard f\>., Ind., 
Feb. 15, brother JAMES HAMILTON; aged 
5ii years; 10 months, and days. 

Also, in ten days after, his youngest son, 
AMOS, followed ins kind father. He leaves 
n moth r, two brothers, and one sister to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by 
brother John Bowman aud others, from Isa. 
3S : 1. Geo. 1!ki haKek. 

In the tTloveT (reek branch, Blair Co. Pa.. 
April 2T. GEORGE, SOU of sister Hannah 
BIDENOURi aged 15 years, s month", and 
18 days. Funeral discourse from Hebrews : 
27. by Eld r 'i orgc /Brumbaugh and John 
W. Brumbaugh. 

8. A. MooiiK. 

In the Solomon's Crfek branch, Elkhart 
Co.. Ind., March 25. brother DAVID B A RIN- 
GER ; ag.-, I 03 years. months, and 15 days, 
lie died in full assurance of faith, and in hope 
of ., -I. u tout resurrei tion. leaving a a Idon • a 

»'^li r. and 13 living children. His n maiifs 

ollowed to their last resting place by a 

large conCOUIS ' Of friends and neighbors. — 

Kuneral dlrcourse was delivered by Elder D. 
LTgisasd others, from Her. H i 12, lo. 
John Ai-.nolp. 



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on subscription: Enock Lutz. And. Spano- 

gle, John Shoap, K. M. Wakefield, Benj. 

Garver, Samuel Lutz, John Miller, Solomon 

Secrist. 

Many others remain unpaid, amounting to 

upwards of ? 200. 

THK 

Christian Family Companion, 

Is published even Tuesday, at H.50 r. year, 
by Henry R. Hblsiager, who is a ra imber of 
the •• Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the name of "German Baptists," A 
vulgarly or maliciously called •• Ihrniordt." 

Th • design of the work i- :■• . droi-atc truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on bis w ay to Zion. 

mines that the New Testament Is the 
Will of God, and n. it in haw the 

promise of salvation without .■'>- -r\ : ,ri .- 
reqvin imtits ; that amoug thesjare r'aiih, Re- 
pentance, Pray,:-. Baptism by trine immer- 
sion. Poet Washing, tl Supper, (he 
Holy Communion, I Uarity, Nou-conformtty to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he h as revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

Bo nnch of the affairs of this world as will 
be thought net essnry to the proper observance 
of the signs of the times, or such as may tend 
to the moral, mental, or physical benefit of 
the Christian, will be published, thus remov- 
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Number 21, 



To the Annual Meeting and Back. 

Having some business at Holli- 
daysburg, I left home by the Emi- 
grant train, 2 P. M. At Altoona 
I met brother John Wise, on his 
way Eastward. Arrived at Hcdli- 
daysburg at about 4 P. M., where I 
met my father and mother, also on 
their way to the Meeting. We 
started together at 7.30, and passed 
our station, Tyrone, at 10.7 P. M., 
where my wife joined us. We 
found among our traveling compan- 
ions, Elder David Miller, and Chris- 
tian Wenger, of St. Joseph Co., Ind., 
Jacob Snyder, of Ohio, and other 
members whose names we cannot 
now remember. 

Arrived at Ilarrisburg at 2.35 A. 
M. Here we met many more breth- 
ren, and sisters ; among them was 
brother Michael G. Gibble, of Mas- 
tersonville, Lancaster Co., Pa. We 
left Ilarrisburg for Chambersburg 
at 8.40, forenoon. On the train we 
met brother Abraham H. Leedy, 
and daughter, of Richland Co., 0., 
who just made the connection on the 
moment. On the way we had an 
interesting conversation with brother 
John Knisely, of Marshall Co., End., 
who is very zealous in the doctrine 
of the Brethren. At Chambersburg 
we were met by our indefatiga- 
ble brother and friend, Daniel II. 
Fahrney, who conveyed us to his 
house, 13 miles distant, when v.c 
were entertained in the most hospi- 
table manner. 

On Saturday morning we went to 
the place of meeting, and took a 
view of the premises. We learned 
from the Brethren at this place, that 




the Annual Meeting has been held 
in this branch of the Church three 
times within the last century, the 
present making the fourth. 

There was preaching in the fore- 
noon and afternoon, in the spacious 
tent, and at the barn near by. We 
did not hear any one sermon entire, 
but heard parts of several discour- 
ses ; the most important, in our esti- 
mation, was one in the German, by 
brother Jacob Reinhold, of Lancas- 
ter, Pa. He remarked that the rea- 
son there were so many diversified 
opinions was because there were so 
few persons who had an opinion of 
their oion. If the people would 
reflect, meditate, and investigate 
for themselves, instead of reading 
the commentaries of others, if they 
would real the Bible tor themselves, 
and look to the Lord for light to un- 
derstand its truths, there is more 
probability that we would be all of 
one mind. 

The attendance on this day was 
quite large. At night we lodged 
with our friend David II. Fahrney, 
on the homestead of our great-grand- 
father, Jacob Holsinger. There are 
two buildings on the farm, the other 
being occupied by brother Daniel 
Holsinger, the proprietor. 

Sunday. The day opened most 
beautifully. Nature is arrayed in 
her most beautiful Summer garment. 
Its beauties, words would fail to de- 
scribe, yet it does our heart inspire, 
and we only can admire. 

The attendance on this day was 
very large, numbering perhaps- seven 

thousand. Preaching fraj held at 
live different places, at cither end of 



the tent, at the barn, at the meeting- 
house, and in the Lutheran meeting- 
house at Waynsboro. As we could 
not be present at all the different 
places, we will not attemt to give 
the names of the speakers. 

Gov. Curtin visited the camp to- 
day, arriving at about 10 o'clock, 
and remaining until 3. He took 
dinner with us, and while at the ta- 
ble, was the " observed of many ob- 
servers." We understand he ex- 
pressed himself as being very much 
pleased with the meeting. 

We spent the night at brother 
Jacob Holsinger's, where a number 
of brethren met, and exhorted, and 
encouraged each other. It was a 
very impressive meeting, and we 
were made to rejoice and thank the 
good Lord for the blessed season 
there enjoyed. 

MONDAY. 

The meeting was opened by sink- 
ing a hymn and prayer. The 
Standing Committee was then an- 
nounced as follows : 



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Pa. 

Ohio. 
Va. 

Ind. 



John Wise, 
Daniel Keller, 
Henry Daw. 
J. P. Ebersole, 
JOHH Wink, 
Daniel Tik • 
Jacob Hour, 
John K 
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BaMUSL Garuer, ) Ul - 
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I Dbrbiok, Tenn. 

James gt inter, Clerk. 

The Committee thenselecied Hen- 
ry D. Davy a- tluir Moderator. 
The Committee then retired to 



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their room, to receive the Delegate 
an 1 papers referred to the Council. 

Preaching was held at different 
places during the day. The assem- 1 
bly was not so large as on yester- 
day ; though the number of members 
present was perhaps larger. As 
there was no public business trans- 
acted, the members joined in a free 
intercharge of salutations, and it was 
pleasant beyond expression, 
ncss the scenes of ' affection 
christian attachment, between breth- 
ren and sisters, who mot for the 
first time in many years, and per- 
haps the last time in this life. Ma- 
ny eyes overflowed with tears of joy, 
and most emphatic were the expres- 
sions of satisfaction. 



and not having the privilege 
transcribing it, we are unable 
give anything like a full statement 
of the plan. 

We shall however endeavor to 
give the principal features of the 
plan proposed and adopted. 

1. The Church is to be divided 
into convenient Districts, and all 
questions referred to the Annual 

to wit- Council must come through the pro- 
and per District Meeting. 

2. Each District is to send not 
less than two delegates to the Anim- 
al Meeting, but may send a number 
not exceeding one member for each 
branch embraced within its limits. 

3. The meeting is hereafter to be- 
gin on Tuesday, and no tent is to be 






In order that we might be annoy- erected, and no preparations to feed 

the multitude, at the place of 
meeting, as heretofore, arc to be 
made, but provisions may be made 
for the accommodation of delegates 
paper, «!cc., and being thronged all and those who may be in regular 

business attendance at the meeting. 
Preaching may be held in neighbor- 
ing branches, and even in that at 
which the Council is to be held, dur- 
ing Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 
but at the proper place of the meet- 
ing no public preaching shall be 
held. 

4. The Standing Committee is to 
be selected as heretofore. 

5. Decisions are to be obtained 
as heretofore. 

These are the principal features, 
and purpose of the meeting to be I , , ,, r ., r . c .. ' 

the unity of the Brotherhood, and though there are other specifications 
J -ii u. .r- ..I.. which we coi 



ed as little as possible after the busi 
ncss of the meeting would com- 
mence, we announced ourself ready 
to attend to business relating to our 



the day we had no opportunity of 
hearing any preaching. We receiv- 
ed a number of new subscriptions, 
and formed the acquaintance of ma- 
ny of our patrons. 

TUESDAY. 

The meeting was opened by sing- 
ing and prayer, at 7.30 in the morn- 
ing. Met in the tent. The Stand- 
ing Committee then announced 
thom3elve3 ready for business. — 
Brother Davy defined the object 



that we may all be of the same 
mind, and practice the same thing. 
He hoped that no one would expect 
to have all his own views adopted, 
but that all should exercise patience 
and forbearance, and that good or- 
der would be observed ; as God is a 
God of order, and we could not ex- 
pect to serve him in disorder. 

The Meeting then proceeded to 
business, and first in order came un- 
finished business. The pro] 
change of our Annual Meeting, 
having been referred fi om last Meet- 
ing, was then taken into c 
tion. Brother 1). 1'. Sayler, the 
Chairman oft ' ittee, appoint- 

ed to draft a plan, then report--!. 



As the report was quite lengthy, adopting the amendment, we would not join the children of this world 



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could neither note or mem- 
orize. 

An amendment was proposed by 
brother Koop, that all decisions 
should be obtained by a vote of the 
delegates. He was sustained by 
' Sharp, Hanawalt, Holsinger, and 
others. Opposed by Wise, (who 
wished to sustain his position by 
quoting Acts 15 : 12) Sayler, Kurtz, 
Quinter, and others. 

The discussion was entered into 
freely, though in love and candor. 

Brothers L'mstad, Ebersole,Knise- 
ley, Davy, and others gave caution- 
advice, which was attended 
with good results. Minutes were 
also referred to. 



Brother Quinter thought that by 



of | be making an opening for election- 
to [ eering in the Church. He thought 
the customs of the world were exert- ^ 
ing an influence upon those who fa- 
vored it, referring to the method of 
transacting business in Legislative 
bodies ; which he feared was inshui- 
nating itself into our society. He 
thought it was a mistake to suppose 
that subjects may be satisfactorily 
decided by vote. 

Brother Zug wished privilege to 
return decisions to the Annual Meet- 
ing, with appropriate Scriptural ob- 
jections, if they did not meet their 
approval. He was informed that 
such privilege would be granted. — 
It was then agreed to try the Com- 
mittee's plan for at least a sufficient 
time to give it a fair trial. Ad- 
journed. 

Afternoon. 
The meeting being organized, 
Sub-Committee No. 1 was called. — 
The following are the names of the 
brethren on the Committee : Heil 
Hamilton, Jacob Snyder, Jacob 
Highberger, Martin Neher, Jona- 
than Carver, Daniel Sayler, David 
Long, Isaac Renner, Henry Hess, 
Samuel Harshberger, Samuel Kurtz, 
Christian Eby, Geo. Beer. 

Query 1. Consisting of a number 
of queries linked together. The 
first asked whether it was in accor- 
dance with the Gospel for brethren 
to vote. The second, whether it 
was intended by the action of last 
year's council to enforce the rule 
commanded in Matthew 18, against 
those who exercise the privilege of 
franchise. Third, from the District 
of Linville, Va., asking lenity in the 
matter. [If we have memorized 
rightly.] Fourth, a similar petition 
from the Dist. Meet, of Northern 
Indiana. Fifth, for a reconsidera- 
tion of former action upon the sub- 
ject. The above formed one query, 
the bearing of which was a request 
to allow the subject to be left to the 
consciences of the members, and not 
to make it a test of membership. 

The subject was pretty freely dis- 
cussed by brethren Hunsaker, Moo- 
maw, and others. 

Brother Umstad took the position 
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, for a moment, to help to regulate 
the affairs of the kingdom of the 
world. He appealed to his breth- 
ren to return to their kingdom, and 
renew their covenant with the Lord. 
A brother rose in the crowd and 
read Romans 7 : 1 — 7. 

The subject was finally left with- 
out adopting anything more string- 
ent than formerly. 

Q. 2. Inasmuch as the Annual 
Meeting has repeatedly decided 
against political voting, should our 
editors be allowed to publish articles 
in favor of it. 

The subject of a "free press" was 
advocated, but the Meeting was 
pretty unanimously agreed to advise 
our editors not to agitate the sub- 
ject, but instead labor for the union 
and harmony of the fraternity. 
Suis-Com. No. 2. 

Names of the Committee : Isaac 
Pfautz, Abraham Leedy, D. M. Hol- 
singer, George Brumbaugh, Eman'l. 
Slifer, Daniel Hash, Isaac Smucker, j 
Moses Weaver, Jacob Steel, Tobias 
Meyers, John Kline, Joseph Eiken- 
berrv, Abraham II. Cassel. 

Q. 3. Concerning secret church 
meetings. John 18 : 20 was referred 
to as being Scriptural objection to 
it. Our memory of the discussions 
is very imperfect, but it was finally 
considered and agreed to, that hold- 
ing church business meetings in se- 
cret, was in accordance with the 
teachings of Scripture. 

0- 4. In regard to an Elder who 
rejects the dicision of a committee I 
sent by the Annual Meeting, a ma- 
jority of his members sustaining him 
in hi3 action. 

We have no notes of the decision 
upon this point. 

Q. 5. Whether a Committee sent ■ 
by the Annual Meeting, to in 
gate special grievances in a church, 
shall have authority to hear and act 
upon petty, individual complaints, in 
re jard to an old offence uf ten yean 

Standing, the char/ I lined 

by one witness only, the wife of the 
complainant. 

It was discovered that the pr<. I 
interested held different views moil 
the matter concerned, whereupon 
the subject was withdrawn for pri 
vate deliberation. 



Adjourned by singing the Hymn 
beginning, 

Be with me Lord where'er I go, 
followed by prayer. 

Wednesday. 
Sub-Corn. No. 3. 
We failed to get the names of this 
committee. 

Q. 6. In regard to a member 
holding a certificate from the branch 
he leaves instead of presenting it to 
the one he locates in. Whether he 
is a member of the branch he leaves 
until he is received into the new 
one. 

Considered that he should be held 
at the place he left until he has had 
reasonable time to settle in another 
branch, but that members should 
make no delay in handing in their 
certificates. 

Q. 7. For a reconsideration of 
Art. 13, of 1840, and Art. 20, of 
1865. 

The queries referred to inquired 
into the manner of receiving mem- 
bers who had been expelled, or left 
the Church ; whether the Church re- 
ceives such by going to them and 
offering the salutation, or whether 
such members should be required to 
receive the Church by going to the 
members and tendering the saluta- 
tion. 

Laid by until another question of! 
a similar nature would come up. 

Q. 8. Whether it is consistent 
with the Gospel, and the custom of I 
the Brethren, for brethren who arc i 
mourners on funeral occasion-, to 
keep their heads covered, by keep- 
ing their hats on, and for members 
to dress and decorate their dead af- 
ter the customs of the world '.' 

It WAS argued that as it wae un- 
■oriptural for brethren to pray or 

prophesy with their head- unC 
ed, and as brethren on such i 

lieu, as on all others, have p 

■ for 

covered. Ami as to 

• lousht to 

be more m b our or- 

of plaii . 1 simplicity, 

. should be clothed in 
white. 

If, No. 1. 

Names of Committee : Da\id 



Gerlach, John Zug, J. D. Tablet-, (7 
Isaac Hershey, John Fox, Wm. ^ 
How, Jas R. Lane, Jacob Rider, 
Daniel Snoeberger, E. Heyser, John 
Utz, Philip Shoemaker, Michael 
Harriott. 

Q. 9. In regard to re-baptizing a 
person who says, when he was bap- 
tized he did not believe that there 
was a God. He now sa^ys, he be- 
lieves in Jesus and wishes to be re- 
baptized. 

The subject was argued at large. 
Brethren Sayler, Quinter, 1' 
Highberger, and others favored re- 
baptizing. 

It was feared by some that recog- 
nizing the baptism of those who have 
been immersed while in a state of 
ignorance and unbelief, might lead 
us to acknowledge infant baptism. 

Action deferred to future Coun- 
cils, until we have more light upon 
the subject. 

Q. 10. In regard to a member re- 
siding in one congregation, and hav- 
ing committed a crime, but before 
the case had been investigated he 
removes to another branch, whether 
hi- ease can be acted upon, and he 
be excommunicato 1, in his ab-ence, 
without giving him a hearing. 

Not according to the Gospel, in- 
asmuch as every charge should be 
well sustained, and the member 
should have a hearing. 

The answer was modified so as to 

. that the Church should be very 

careful not to pass a decision again-; 

a member without giving him a 

li taring. 

0- 11. Whether it would be apos- 
tolical to enumerate or number the 
members of the Church. 
We did not memorise the i 

expressed upon this subject, tad 
our notes are simply 

itolical. 
Q. 12. A request from the John 
A. Bauman sect, in r 

he united witfa us. 

The origin and history of 

• en 1 . v brethren Sayler, 

1 15. 1-'. ftfoonun 

which we learn thai their founder, 
John A. Bowman, bid been a min- . 
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V teaching, and desiring to inttoduce, 
a different mode of feetwashing. — 
Other members, among whom was 
at least one other minister, held 
similar views, and being in sympathy 
with the mm Bowman, joined him, 
and thus established a society, prac- 
tising the ordinances of the Gospel, 
with very small exceptions, in the 
manner of the Brethren. Their lea- 
der (Bowman ) having been killed 
during the late rebellion, they are 
now desirous of uniting with us, 
declaring themselves willing to sub- 
mit in everything to the order of 
the Brethren, but request to be ta- 
ken in as a whole, or body. 

The request was kindly and favor- 
ably considered, and the following 
committee was appointed to visit the 
church in Tennessee, through which 
they have made application, and 
confer with the said fraternity, and 
act according to their best judgment 
in the case. 

Committee : Daniel Thomas, Solo- 
mon Garber, Va. ; John Wise, D. M. 
Holsinger, Pa. ; D. P. Sayler, Hen- 
ry Koontz, Md. ; H. D. Davy, J. P. 
Ebersole, Ohio ; Jacob Miller, of 
Portage, John Bowman, Ind. ; Chris- 
tian Long, John Metzger, 111. 

The committee fixed on the 3rd 
day of September next, for the time 
of meeting for business. 

It was agreed that each state 
should bear the expenses of its mem- 
bers of the Committee. It is hoped 
that members of the Church will at 
once commence to lay by a mite 
each week, " as the Lord has pros- 
pered him," for this purpose. 

Q. 13. About taking the Oath of 
Loyalty, as set forth in the new 
Constitution of Missouri, in order to 
get license to preach the Gospel. 

The Committee's answer was to 
the following effect; Cannot be al- 
lowed, inasmuch as it would bind us 
, to violate the Gospel. (" Swear 
not at all ;" " Do violence to no 
man," &c.) An answer similar to 
the following was agreed to : 

We cannot take it, if it interferes 
with our principles of non-resistance, 
and that we advise our brethren to 
examine into the intent and spirit 
of said constitution and oath, before 
entering into an 



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engagement that 



would bind them to sacrifice any 
such vital principles. 

The general impression was that 
if said oath would require us to sac- 
rifice any of our religious principles, 
it would be found unconstitutional, 
and would shortly be so announced 
by the proper officials. 

Adjourned by singing the hymn 
on page 52. 

Afternoon. 

Opened by singing the hymn, 

" Come Holy Spirit, heavenly dove, &c., 

Sub-Com. No. 5. 
Names of this committee we did 
not obtain. 

Q. 14. Asking for a uniformity in 
holding the Lord's supper ; and pro- 
posing that feet should be washed 
before the supper was served on the 
tables. 

The Committee decided, nearly 
unanimously, that it would be more 
in accordance with the Gospel, to 
have the supper on the table during 
Feet-washing. 

The meeting concluded to leave 
the matter as before. 

Sub-Com. No. 6. 
Names of Committee : John Hun- 
saker, Jos. Myers, Moses Miller, 
Peter Hollowbush, Daniel B. Stutz- 
man, John S. Holsinger, W. Arnold, 
Jacob Blough, Samuel Ulery, Sam- 
uel Kinsey, Henry Snithman, David 
Smith. 

Q. 15. In regard to a bishop who 
has fallen so low as secret adultery, 
and yet exercised in his offiice, 
whether he can again be received, 
and after what time. 

He may be received again only 
as a private member, but not until 
he has given satisfaction that he has 
indeed iepented. 2 Cor. 2 : 7, 7. 

Q. 16. In regard to a brother 
who has leased ground to an Agri- 
cultural Society, for the holding of 
County Fairs, for a term of ten 
years. 

Brother Isaac Smucker explained 
the case, when it was found that the 
brother had entered into the con- 
tract ignorantly, and that he was 
sorry for it, and anxious to be re- 
leased fr6m the engagement, but 
could not. 

It was agreed to leave it for the 



discretion of the branch of the 
Church where he resides, to which 
he should be required to be accoun- 
table. 

Q. 17. A sister whose husband 
will not live with her, obtains a di- 
vorce, and marries another, can she 
remain a member ? 

The general opinion and the read- 
ing of former minutes, implied that 
she could not, but it was left over 
for further deliberation, and inves- 
tigation. 

Q. 18. Whether ministering breth- 
ren should publish reports of travels, 
giving the number of converts, bap- 
tisms, &c. 

It was thought to be in accor- 
dance with apostolic practice, but 
brethren were advised not to be too 
minute in their details of their jour- 
neys. 

Q 19. Whether brethren should 
be allowed to distribute and circu- 
late books and circulars at our An- 
nual Meeting. 

The Gospel does not prohibit the 
circulation of books, &c, if they 
comport with the Word* of God, and 
are approved by the Brethren. 
Sub-Com. No. 7. 
Abraham Knauff, Adam Brown, 
Jos. R. Hanawalt, Jacob Garver, 
George Schrock, Adam Beelman, 
Daniel Longenecker, Archy Van 
Dyke, John H. Raffensperger, 
Isaac Flory, Samuel Furry, Daniel 
Bechtel. 

Q. 20. Request for a reconsidera- 
tion of query 40 of 1865. 

The query involved the subject of 
taxation, for raising church funds, 
asking whether it was contrary to 
the Gospel to resort to taxation for 
that purpose. 

Brother Sayler undertook to prove 
that it was contrary to the Gospel. 

A brother whose name we did not 
learn,thought,that,aswe reprove and 
reprimand all other vices, we should 
also make an effort to bring some 
weight against that of covetousness, 
which it was was feared was one of 
the causes that brought this ques- 
tion before the Council. 

Referred to next Annual Meeting. 
Q. 21. About erecting Light- 
ning Rods. 



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Referred to Article 7, 1851, and 
Art. 25, 1856. 

Q. 22. In regard to raising funds 
to aid Freedmen in the South. 

We have no notes to this query, 
and no recollections, business being 
very speedily put through about this 
time ; but presume, like all other 
charitable matters, it would be favor- 
ably considered. 

Scb-Com. No. 8. 

Grabill Myers, Martin Garber, 
Geo. Shaver, Rudy Mohler, David 
Miller, Va., John Price, Geo. Elliot, 
Leonard Emmert, Solomon Stoner, 
J as. A. Sell, Isaac Gochenour, Wm. 
Shilling, Sam'l P. Brumbaugh. 

Q. 23. Whether it is the duty of 
the Deacons alone to perform the 
yearly visit, or of Deacons and Min- 
isters conjointly ? 

It is the duty of Deacons, but 
that Ministers may assist if they 
•wish to. 

Q. 24. To have the reasons for 
not entering the pulpits of other de- 
nominations, more explicitly defined. 

Left to the conscience of minister- 
ing brethren. 

P. 25. In regard to brethren sell- 
ing Patent Rights, and being con- 
sidered Sharp dealers or traders. 

Not approved that our brethren 
should be considered sharp traders, 
but that all such cases should be de- 
cided and acted upon in the branch 
where offences of that nature are 
preferred against its members. 
Sub-Com. No. 9. 

The names we did not obtain. 

Q. 26. Rosolved by this District 
meeting that Brethren coming to 
this District, [wc do not remember 
the name of the Distsict] fashionably 
dressed, cannot have the privilege 
of preaching with us, and that we 
request our Annual Council to sus- 
tain us in our effort against growing 
pride and conformity t'> the fashions 
of the world WOng Ova ministers. 

The sentiment of the meeting was 
decidedly against conformity to the 

CuhioDfl of the world] DOt only in 
that one District, but over our entire 

brotherhood ; not only among the 

ministers, but among all our dear 
brethren and listei -. 

Brother Wiso took advantago of 






this resolution, to show his objection 
to the District meetings, implying 
that they have a tendency to sec- 
tionalize the Brotherhood, while the 
resolution not only afforded him an 
opportunity to raise his eloquent 
voice against a growing evil, as he 
considered it, but also brought forth 
an expression of the strangest exhor- 
tation to the Church at large. 

Q. 27. Whom do the brethren 
call fallen members, those who are 
in avoid once only, or also those who 
have been dealt with according to 
Matthew 18. 

No notes. 

Q. 28. What to do with a member 
who has promised three times to con- 
form to the order of the Brethren, 
in the matter of dress, and fails to 
do so. 

Should be treated according to 
Matthew 18. 

Q. 29. Similar to query 28. 

Q. 30. Should not colored mem- 
bers be held equal with white mem- 
bers in Church privileges ? 

Referred to Art. 1, 1835 ; Art. 2 
1845 ; Art. 32, 1849, which decis- 
ions were agreed to by this meeting. 

Q. 31. In regard to church bells 
in towns and cities. 

Romans 14 : 15 — 20 was referred 
to, but we have no further notes, 
and very imperfect recollections. 

Q. 32. A young man enters the 
United States service, and deserts 
and returns home, changes his name 
and adopts his mother's maiden 
name, by the aid and consent of his 
parents ; he afterwards goes to an- 
other place, and marries in his adop- 
ted name, and becomes a member ; 
should he not be required to have 
his marriage legalized? 

lie shonld, and his ease is refer- 
red to the branch where he resides. 

Q. 33. In regard to putting a re- 
ward upon a horse or other property 
which has been stolen. 

Not considered in accordance 
with the Gospel. 

Q. 84. Whet'ui it is profitftblt, or 

1 p.] or for brethren, Medical Doc- 

:o nay in their circulars that 
they arc members of the lierman 
Baptist Church ! 

Agreed that we do not approve 
of it. 



Note : — We failed to get the Sub- ( y 
Committees properly noted and ar- 
ranged, hence Com. No. 10 we have 
no account of at all. 

Adjourned by singing hymn on 
page 247, and prayer. 

THURSDAY. 
Sl'li-CoMMITTEE No. 11. 

B. F. Moomaw, John II. Umstad, 
Moses Shoup, Martin Cosner, John 

B. Shoemaker, Daniel Hollinger, 
John Brindle, David Linvingood, J. 

C. Moomaw, Daniel M. Shoup, Ja- 
cob Price, Jacob Zug. 

Q. 35. Our notes of this query 
are too imperfect to give even a sy. 
nopsis. 

Q. 36. Is it considered conform- 
ing to the world to have musical in- 
struments ? 

Considered that it is tending too 
much in that direction. 

Q. 37. Is an unmarried brother 
eligible to the office of Bishop or 
Deacon ? 

He can hold the office of Bishop 
or Deacon if otherwise qualified. 

It was thought that Paul's direc- 
tion that the Bishop should be the 
husband of one wife, implied that he 
should be the husband of not more 
than one wife. 

Q. 38. How to pursue when we 
hear slanderous reports against 
members or others. 

In all cases such reports should 
be heard with a great deal of allow- 
ance for falsehood, whether against 
membeis or others. 

i>. 89. In regard to brethren who 
hold township offices, against the ad- 
vice of the Annual Council. 

Tabled. 

Q. 40. A petition from a l>i-t. 
Meeting not to make any change 
upon the subject of Avoidance. 

There WM DO change made. 

>i b-Com. No. IS. 

Peter Nininger, Jesse Rover, 
Peter Cnmipaeker, John Wine, 

V. Stamy, Ah. Rohrer, M. .Y 
■hoar, John Newcomer, Bcnj. lwu- 
haker, Samuel Kline. 

1 m No. 19 
Joe, lien. links, Jacob Miller, Va., 

Daniel BrOWOT, Ya., Jacoh Kei 
lmhl, Solomon Beiber, Geo. Mvers, 
John Hertab r, Jacob tiarbcr, \ a 
Peter Heck. 



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Q, 41. In regard to a branch 
which is out of order, and is not rep- 
r— sated in the Dist. Meeting. 

Tabled. 

Q, 4_'. Whether a man who is an 
A Monitor may become a member. 

We are not positive upon the fi- 
nal decision upon this query ; our 
notes say. He cannot. 

Q. 48. Is it allowed for brethren, 
even ministers of the Gospel, to tra- 
vel and sell fruit trees, using persua- 
sive language, ' u order to sell at ex- 
orbitant prices. 

Brethren should sell nothing at 
exorbitant prices. 

Q. 44. In regard to branches of 
the Church who still hold members 
belonging to secret societies, wheth- 
er we should commune with them. 

Considered not according to 2 
Cor. G: 14. 

Q. 45. A proposition to make a 
change in the Standing Committee, 
we presume in the manner of selec- 
ting the Committee. 

Tabled. 

Q. 46. Whether it is right to pay 
a stated salary to ministers, for the 
support of their families, and that 
they may give themselves wholly to 
their duty ! 

Considered not wrong to support 
the ministers, when needed, but 
should not pay a stated salary. 
Scb-Com. No. 14. 

D. P. Sayler, David Miller, Sol. 
Biscr, David Brandt, John Slingluff, 
David E. Price, Daniel Zug, Lewis 
Cobough, Abraham Pfautz, Peter 
I leek, Jacob Spitzer. 

Q. 47. Whether widowed sisters 
may receive pensions, Ke. 

Inasmuch as the Government has 
granted it to them, they may be al- 
lowed to receive it. 

Q. 48. In regard to receiving dis- 
owned members. 

Notes and memory imperfoct. 

Q. 49. Similar to the above. 

Sub -Com. No. 15. 
I). B. Sturgees, John Schenk, 
Christian Brumbaugh, Lewis Kim- 
mel, C. G. Lint, Mienae] Kiine, Sam- 
uel (Jipple, Martin Witter, Samuel 
Wtapler, I>aniel Miller. 

Q. 60. In regard to investing 
money in Government Bonds. 



The main objection advanced 
against investing in Bonds, was the 
fact of their being untaxable ; it be- 
ing feared that in that way, the bur- 
den of taxation would fall more 
heavily upon those members who 
were less able to bear it. Brother 
John Knisely objected to such in- 
vestment, while brother Sayler con- 
sidered that the Church should not 
dictate in the matter. 

The committee advised not to in- 
vest in Bonds, with the object of 
avoiding taxes. 

A brother proposed to decide that 
we would not object to the invest- 
ment if brethren would give in the 
amount as money on interest, to the 
assessor. 

Another brother proposed to 
amend by saying that inasmuch as 
Bonds arc untaxable by Govern- 
ment, that a tax upon them might be 
paid to the Church, to assist poor 
brethren in making up part of their 
commutation monev paid. 

Tabled finally. 

Q. 51. For a reconsideration of 
Art. 6 of 1864, asking for better 
Gospel authority for not allowing 
brethren to serve as Jurors. 

We advise our brethren not to 
serve as Jurors, if it can be avoided. 

Q. 52. For amendment to Art. 
47, of 1865, so as to read of the 
President, instead of " President 
Lincoln." 

Agreed to, in order that it may 
apply to all future Presidents 

Q. 53. In regard 
plainness of dress, and of wearing 
the hair, and beard, &c. 

It was evident that the object of 
the querists was to have an ordyr 
adopted which would make the mat- 
ter of wearing apparel a test of 
membership. Although there were 
many affecting exhortations given, 
against the growing evil of pride, 
yet it was thought that if our plain 
and humbly clad members, would be 
more careful in living out their prin- 
ciples in all cases, it would be better 
intended to bring our young breth- 
ren and sisters into the paths of hu- 
mility, than adopting too stringent 
measures to break them off, unless 
they submit. 

While transcribing our notes, we 






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observed that the most interesting 
subject brought before the meeting 
was left entirely unnoticed. This 
is owing to the fact that we took so 
deep an interest in the matter, and 
labored in order to get a proper ex- 
pression from the meeting upon the 
matter, that we forgot all about our 
notes ; having, we think, ourself 
drawn up the answer agreed upon. 
The subject is that of preaching the 
Gospel throughout the South, bein<r 
introduced by a resolution from 
Northern Indiana. [If we have 
memorized correctly.] The resolu- 
tion requested this meeting to sus- 
tain them in it. The meeting sus- 
tained them, and bade them God 
speed, and recommended their ex- 
ample as worthy of imitation by oth- 
er districts. 

A request was received for the 
Annual Meeting in 1867, from the 
Pipe Creek branch, Md., which wa3 
granted. 

Also a request for 1868, from the 
Solomon's Creek branch, Elkhart 
Co., Ind. 

Brother B. F. Moomaw acknowl- 
edged the receipt of $132.60, collec- 
ted at the meeting for the benefit of 
brother Peter Crumbaker. 

Also for brother Nead, in the 
hands of brother Derrick, to the 
amount of $230.00. 

Several special Committees were 
appointed, but we failed to get a full 
list of the names. We give what 
we have. 

A committee to visit the Antietam 
branch, Franklin Co., Pa. II. D. 
Davy, John W r ise, J. P. Ebersole, 
John M. Holsingcr, John G. Glock. 

To the Little Swatara, Lancaster 
Co., Pa.: Daniel Keller. The oth- 
er names we can not give. 

White Oak, Pa.: Isaac Myers. 
We have no ot!:er names. 

The meeting was closed by sing- 
ing a hymn on page 226, and 
prayer. 

At the table the Standing Com- 
mittcc announced, that they had 
conferred vita brother Wm. C. Thur- 
man, and that they had agreed that 
he should return to the congregation ^ » 
where he had been elected to the <■ ^ 
ministry, and that he be regularly \a 
installed in his office, and not to(^ 



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